Facebook Safety Advisory Board Formed

SafetyFirst.jpgFacebook enlisted the services of Common Sense Media, ConnectSafely, WiredSafety, Childnet International and The Family Online Safety Institute to serve as consultants on its newly formed Facebook Safety Advisory Board, formed to guide the social-networking site on matters of online safety.

The company said regular meetings will focus on existing safety resources, developing new materials and seeking advice on general safety best practices, with the board’s first task being an overhaul of the safety content in Facebook’s Help Center.

Facebook vice president of global communications and public policy Elliot Schrage said:

We believe the only way to keep kids safe online is for everyone who wants to protect them to work together. The formation of a board to advise specifically on safety issues is a positive, innovative and collaborative step toward 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.

And director of European public policy Richard Allan posted on the Facebook Blog:

Improving safety online is a group effort. It requires diligence from everyone who’s online or on Facebook—whether by reporting abusive behavior or making sure your account and passwords are secure. At Facebook, we think about our role the same way. We must work with a diverse set of experts and organizations devoted to online safety in order to bring you the best safety resources on Facebook.

The Safety Advisory Board is just one step we’ve taken—and will continue to take—to promote a safer environment on Facebook. Just last week, we partnered with MTV on the A Thin Line campaign to educate people about digital abuse. A few weeks ago, the New York Attorney General’s office cited Facebook’s help in identifying and disabling the accounts of registered sex offenders. We worked with the BBC in November on their Bullyproof campaign in the U.K. We also regularly invite organizations like the National Crime Prevention Council to share safety tips with you on this blog, and we provide updates on new safety approaches we’re taking on the site to make reporting abuse easier.