Facebook has redesigned its safety centre to offer new safety resources for parents, educators, teens and members of the law enforcement community.
Joe Sullivan, Facebook's chief security officer, claimed that it had ‘quadrupled the safety content available, and we've created cleaner, more navigable interfaces to help you find answers to safety questions fast'. Broken into five sections, each features a frequently asked questions section with direct answers provided to common questions.
He claimed that the new centre will include content organised by audience type and by topics such as ‘Addressing Personal Safety' and ‘Responding to Objectionable Content'.
Sullivan said: “Safety is Facebook's top priority. Our most talented people are dedicated to creating an environment where people can connect and share comfortably.
“Just as we hope you'll never stop thinking about your own safety online, we won't stop thinking about—and improving—yours.”
Earlier this week Facebook rejected demands from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) to add a branded ‘panic button' to its users' profile pages. The Times claimed that the CEOP chief executive Jim Gamble said that by rejecting a visible panic button, a measure supported by the police, the operators of the website had shown that they did not understand deterrence.
He said: “Putting the button in a safety centre is like putting a burglar alarm inside your house. People still break in because they don't realise you are in there and at the end of the day your family is still traumatised.”
The CEOP had wanted Facebook to install a prominent link on UK users' profile pages that would take them to CEOP's own safety site designed to help children deal with online threats.
The centre said Facebook's move was ‘long overdue' and ‘nothing more than we would expect from any responsible social network provider'. But it added that ‘critical issues remain unresolved' since Facebook did not install a panic button, according to the Press Association.