As part of the Facebook Journalism Project‘s goal to provide training and tools for journalists, we are committed to helping journalists stay vigilant about their safety on our platform. Today, we are launching Facebook Safety for Journalists, an initiative that builds upon steps we have taken since 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 we have created resources designed specifically for journalists to help them protect their accounts and themselves on Facebook.
We are introducing a dedicated page to our 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.
We have created a Facebook Safety for Journalists Guide on these topics as well, which will be 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 we have 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, we have shared information designed to help people stay safe on Facebook. We also hosted the first in a series of research roundtables for journalists and social media managers to discuss their experiences of online harassment, with one session specifically devoted to female journalists.
This is just the beginning. We know that there is more that can be done, and we are committed to helping ensure that journalists feel safe on Facebook as they connect their audiences with the stories that they find meaningful. We will continue our work on these important efforts and will share more in the coming months.
To learn more about Facebook Safety for Journalists, please visit facebook.com/journalists. To get additional resources about Facebook’s policies and tools, visit the Facebook Safety Center at facebook.com/safety. We will share updates in Facebook’s News, Media and Publishing group and on the Facebook Journalism Project Page.