Facebook commits to ensure safer and better Internet for Africa

Facebook has launched a series of initiatives to help make the Internet a safer and better place for people across Africa, with focus on children and youth, the social media giant announced today.

The launch coincides with the celebration of Safer Internet Day (SID).

As part of the launch, Facebook is partnering with public sector agencies and non-governmental organisations from across Africa under the rallying call “Be the change: unite for a better Internet,” a press release copied to ghanabusinessnews.com has said.

“Nothing is more important to us than the safety of the people who use Facebook. Every day people come to Facebook to connect with people and issues they care about, and they should be able to do so in a safe, secure environment,” Akua Gyekye, Public Policy Manager Facebook, Africa was quoted as saying in the release.

It further said Facebook builds products that empower the community to stay in control, support each other during crises and stay safe online. Every Facebook product has privacy and security built into it to protect your information.

Facebook is working with Ghana Internet Safety Foundation (GIF) to ensure the safety and education of their communities and address the needs of vulnerable people, it added.

“This is an opportunity to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. We are proud to work with young people, parents, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, and policymakers to create a better Internet,” Akua Gyekye added.

Facebook, the release says has redesigned its Safety Center, an engaging resource to help people get the information they need about controlling their information and staying safe.

It walks you through the tools Facebook offers to control your experience as well as numerous tips and resources for safe and secure sharing. It is available in over 50 languages, is mobile friendly and includes step-by-step videos.

By Pamela Ofori-Boateng

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