Facebook Forms Board For Online Safety

Facebook aims to keep users safe

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Facebook has formed a Safety Advisory Board with five safety organizations from North America and Europe in an effort to better protect its 350 million global users.

The five organizations on the board are Common Sense Media, ConnectSafely, WiredSafety, Childnet International and The Family Online Safety Institute.

Facebook said it plans to regularly meet with board members to review the existing safety resources it provides its users, develop new material, and seek advice on general safety best practices on an ongoing basis.

The first job of the board will be to oversee an overhaul of the safety content located in Facebook’s Help Center. The goal of the overhaul is to create a comprehensive resource with specific educational content for parents, teachers and teens.
"We believe that the only way to keep kids safe online is for everyone who wants to protect them to work together," said Elliot Schrage, Vice-President of Global Communications and Public Policy at Facebook.

"The formation of a board to advise specifically on safety issues is a positive, innovative and collaborative step towards creating a more robust safety environment, and we are thrilled that such a well-respected, trusted group of organizations has joined us in this endeavor."

Facebook said it created the Safety Advisory Board as way to gather more feedback and to formalize the relationships it currently has with these organizations.  Facebook said that it may add additional members over time as it looks to broaden international representation on the board.

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