A warning about Facebook's new video app for teens

Lifestage has some major privacy downsides

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Social media is obviously a big part of a lot of teens lives, and with floods of people spending more time on Snapchat and Instagram than breathing actual air from the outside world, the whizzkids at Facebook have decided they'd like in on the trend, too.

Announcing a brand new app aimed at teenagers, Lifestage (which is currently only available in the US) allows teenage users to connect up to their school and upload a series of video diaries for their classmates to view. The only teeny-tiny flaw in this whole thing is the element of privacy.

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Even though the purpose of the app is to connect schoolkids together, everything you post on the app is visible to everyone, and there are no guarantees whether the app's users are who they say they are. 

Lifestage addressed these concerns, with the comment: "Everything you post in Lifestage is always public and viewable by everyone, inside and outside your school. There is no way to limit the audience of your videos. We can't confirm that people who claim to go to a certain school actually go to that school. All videos you upload to your profile and record are fully public content."

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So, as fun as this App looks, be aware of the fact that a whole load of people will be able to see what you post. Eek.

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