Facebook Safety Committee Adds Domestic Violence Watchdog

The National Network to End Domestic Violence has joined Facebook's global safety advisory board, becoming the fifth external organization to enter the group.

A domestic violence prevention group has joined Facebook’s global safety advisory board.

The National Network to End Domestic Violence is the fifth external group to join Facebook’s safety committee.

Sites like Facebook provide evidence for this crime that otherwise might be difficult to prove in court because it happens behind closed doors.

NNEDV wants to advise Facebook on how to “develop features for survivors of domestic violence,” said Cindy Southworth, vice president of development and innovation, along with the founder of the organization’s Safety Net technology project.

She explained that most of the safety oriented tools already available online have more of a younger audience and she wants to see something relevant to older victims of domestic abuse.

Facebook “is technology that should help victims make perpetrators more accountable. Many feel compelled to delete messages and block senders. We want them to let the messages come in and not block the sender so we can track their source,” she says.

The social network’s safety advisory board formed one year ago and gives feedback on new Facebook products before they go live. The other four external organizations participating in the group are:

Which aspects of safety on Facebook have room for improvement, in your opinion? With this goal in mind, what would you like to see added to the social network?

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