Facebook stepping up online safety

Facebook stepping up online safety

By AP

Facebook has launched a revamped internal site to help people stay safe and report threats while on the popular online hangout.

Facebook's 'Safety Centre', which features new tools for parents, teachers, teens and law enforcement, is the first major security measure taken by the social networking site and its four-month-old global safety advisory board.

The company unveiled its Safety Centre a day after meeting with child advocacy officials in Britain.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre had been pushing the company to install a 'panic button' on the site for some time, following the kidnapping and murder of a British teenager by a man she met on Facebook. The centre said 'critical issues remain unresolved' since Facebook did not actually install a 'panic button'.

New features of Facebook's safety centre include more content on staying safe, such as dealing with bullying online, an interactive portal and a simpler design.

The presence of sexual predators is a problem for social networking sites and their users.

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