The second edition of Facebook South Asia's Safety became the topic of the town, after the major announcements it made in the event. The event that took place in New Delhi on 19 November, witnessed a content partnership between facebook and the ministry of women and child development (MWCD). The partnership is an attempt to ramp up efforts towards online safety, to co-create a digital literacy program that will help build awareness among new online users. The focus will be on empowering women and teenagers with the right information and tools to help them better navigate the complex world of social media which poses a threat of hate speech, misinformation, online abuse, and bullying.
Facebook has launched a comic series under #CreateCareConnect illustrated by a young Delhi-based doodler, @neha.doodles which aims to educate young users about online safety simply and engagingly. The company also announced the launch of a global literacy program ‘We Think Digital’ which will witness participation from agencies from both government and civil society.
Facebook will launch the Thumbstoppers campaign, which will be a series of short creative mobile videos under 10 seconds, that will focus on empowering and educating people on issues such as gender equality, domestic violence and education for the girl child.
Over the years, Facebook and its family of apps such as photo-sharing platform Instagram and chatting app WhatsApp has made multiple changes in its privacy settings to control issues of hate speech, misinformation, bullying, and abuse. While marking a comment or post as spam or inappropriate content is one of the ways of dealing with online abuse, Facebook is now focusing on educating users about identifying, flagging and dealing with online abuse effectively.
Last month, Facebook revealed its new logo that has capitalization and typography format for its company name and shifted the color scheme that highlights Instagram’s purple gradient and WhatsApp’s green tint. It also released a new meme-making app called Whale, which is currently only available on the Canadian App Store. It also shut down 5.4 billion fake accounts on its main platform. And what