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Facebook Safety and Security Tools and Resources Launched

Facebook wants users to be more informed about safety issues

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Facebook Safety and Security Tools and Resources Launched
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Facebook has introduced a set of new safety and security tools and resources. This starts with a newly redesigned Family Safety Center.

At the Family Safety Center, users can find articles related to safety and privacy. It has sections on the company’s philosophy, the community, tools/resources, parents, teens, teachers, and law enforcement, as well as direct links to relevant Facebook Pages, which can be “liked” for continuous updates.

The company says it will also be providing a downloadable guide for teachers in the coming weeks.

“We also recently unveiled a new social reporting tool that allows people to notify a member of their community, in addition to Facebook, when they see something they don’t like,” says Facebook’s Arturo Bejar, a director of engineering. “Safety and child psychology experts tell us that online issues are frequently a reflection of what is happening offline. By encouraging people to seek help from friends, we hope that many of these situations can be resolved face to face. The impact has been encouraging, and we’re now expanding social reporting to other major sections of Facebook, including Profiles, Pages and Groups.”

The company says that the report flows are in place for photos and wall posts, but they plan to extend the functionality to Profiles, Groups, Pages, and events.

A couple months back, we found that Facebook was working with the National Eating Disorders Asosociation on a content removal mechanism. At the time, a company spokesperson told us, “We don’t have anything specific to share, but we work with a variety of Internet safety groups in conjunction with our Safety Advisory Board to constantly refine and improve our reporting infrastructure and FAQs to provide a safe environment for all our users.”

As part of the new announcement, Facebook has introduced “Two Factor Authentication” to help prevent unauthorized access to accounts. “If you turn this new feature on, we’ll ask you to enter a code anytime you try to log into Facebook from a new device. This additional security helps confirm that it’s really you trying to log in,” says Bejar.

Earlier this year, Facebook launched its HTTPS support to provide a more secure experience for users.

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  • Jack

    Now only if Facebook can provide a safety and security service from themselves then we got something.. The only security concern I have is Facebook in my Facebook account.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

      That seems to be a common concern.

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  • Julie

    What bugs me the most is that facebook doesn’t use even the most basic of security measures to protect accounts.

    Let me give you an example. What is the most basic security beyond using a login and password? HOw about account in use lockout? So that you can only sign on at one computer or device at a time? I always thought that was one of the simpliest security measures going! Heck, even AOL had that! But Facebook doesn’t. Facebook lets you sign onto the same account from multipule computers or devices at the same time… and doesn’t even tell you that the account is open elsewhere! My husband and I tried it… we were both signed onto my account from two seperate computers at the same time… he could even watch and join any chat I was having as me and you’d never know the difference! No warnings at all.

    I know they just supposedly updated their security. Thats all fine and dandy, but wouldn’t you think they would give you this simple security measure as a matter of course? Or at least let you choose if you want it or not? I admit, It kinda freaked me about a bit. I’d really like to know why Facebook continues to allow this possible security breach.

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