As part of the Facebook Journalism Project‘s goal to provide training and tools for journalists, Facebook launched Facebook Safety for Journalists, an initiative that builds upon steps laid by the Facebook Journalism Project launched earlier this year.
Working in consultation with the European Journalism Centre, the Committee to Protect Journalists, ConnectSafely, the Inter American Press Association (IAPA), and the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation Facebook created resources designed specifically for journalists to help them protect their accounts and themselves on Facebook.
Facebook is introducing a dedicated page for Facebook for Journalists website to provide information for journalists on topics relating to online safety, such as how to turn on two-factor authentication, manage privacy settings, moderate comments, block harassment, control location sharing, help protect communications, report abusive content and impersonation, and respond to being hacked.
Further, a Facebook Safety for Journalists Guide on these topics will be made available in the coming weeks in multiple languages including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish.
On the site, you will also find instructional videos that Facebook has produced in partnership with the European Journalism Centre that focus on best practices for safety on Facebook.
“For 25 years, the European Journalism Centre has been training and protecting journalists worldwide. Facebook, as one of the world’s largest social media platforms, now plays a central role in the sourcing and distribution of news,” said Adam Thomas, the director of the European Journalism Center. “Helping journalists to navigate, understand and remain secure on digital platforms is a core part of the European Journalism Centre’s work, and this new collaboration with Facebook is an important part of that.”
Since the start of the year, during Facebook Journalism Project News Day events across the globe, Facebook shared information designed to help people stay safe on Facebook.
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This is just the beginning, says Facebook. Users can expect more updates and features on this front in the coming months.