Facebook Pushes Online Safety For LGBT Community

Facebook continues to look out for its users who are part of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community, using a post on its Facebook Safety page to promote “What LGBT Communities Should Know About Online Safety,” a tip sheet from the LGBT Technology Partnership, Stop Think Connect, and the National Cyber Security Alliance.

Facebook continues to look out for its users who are part of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community, using a post on its Facebook Safety page to promote “What LGBT Communities Should Know About Online Safety,” a tip sheet from the LGBT Technology Partnership, Stop Think Connect, and the National Cyber Security Alliance.

The tip sheet covers subjects including how users who are not open about their LGBT identities can take care to keep it private by scrutinizing every click, reviewing privacy settings, enabling instant notifications, and searching for themselves online, as well as providing general reminders including “once posted, always posted,” and, “post only about others as you would have them post about you.”

The introduction to the tip sheet reads:

Whether you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or straight, how you conduct yourself online can reveal a lot about you — perhaps more than you’d be comfortable sharing. One of the biggest concerns for LGBT individuals is the amount of information across multiple social platforms that could easily expose their sexual orientations or gender identities. As a result, your online conduct — from your interactions on social networks to the mobile apps you download — can lead to real-life unintended consequences. The first step to protect yourself is to STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

Readers: Did you pick up any helpful hints from “What LGBT Communities Should Know About Online Safety?”