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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Facebook Launches New Safety Center, Stops Cyber Bullying

Facebook Introduces New Safety Center

Safety is Facebook's Top Priority.

Our most talented people are dedicated to creating an environment where people can connect and share comfortably. As a result, we're unveiling today a completely re-designed Safety Center. It offers new safety resources for parents, educators, teens and members of the law enforcement community.

We've quadrupled the safety content available, and we've created cleaner, more navigable interfaces to help you find answers to safety questions fast. This portal—which we've been testing during the past few weeks—draws multimedia content from Facebook and from independent organizations specializing in safety and security online.

In our online safety efforts, we learn from and with the most trusted safety organizations in the world. We regularly invite authors to blog about safety topics from Cyber Bullying to the importance of "Thinking Before You Post."

We've partnered with organizations like MTV and the BBC to educate users about safe online behavior. We worked hard to make reporting abuse faster and simple. Last December, we established a Safety Advisory Board to advise us on best practices.

When you go to the new Safety Center, you'll see content organized by audience type and by topics such as "Addressing Personal Safety" and "Responding to Objectionable Content." Parents will find special content in the "Safety for Parents" section with advice from our partner and member of our Safety Advisory Board, Common Sense Media.

Our Safety Advisory Board has provided invaluable advice. We'll continue working closely with our partners to update and augment the Safety Center. This launch only begins to accelerate our efforts to make Facebook a better and safer place to engage.

Take a moment to visit the new Safety Center, and read more about the members of the Safety Advisory Board below:

* Childnet International is a UK-based charity working domestically and internationally to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children and young people, alongside enabling them to use interactive technologies safely and responsibly.

Childnet has developed a number of resources designed to help young people and parents assess and manage the risks that they may encounter online.

* Common Sense Media is an independent non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing trustworthy information and education that kids and families need to thrive in a world of media and technology.

* Connect Safely is the leading interactive resource on the web for parents, teens, educators—everyone—engaged and interested in youth safety on the fixed and mobile social web.

* The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) works to make the online world safer for kids and their families by identifying and promoting best practice, tools and methods in the field of online safety, that also respect free expression.

* Wired Safety is the largest online safety, education and help group program in the world and provides help, information and education to Internet and mobile device users of all ages, especially on cyberbullying matters.

Just as we hope you'll never stop thinking about your own safety online, we won't stop thinking about—and improving—yours.

Sources: Facebook, Facebook Blog, Youtube

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