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The dos and don'ts of using using Facebook

By Silver Muhindo

Added 30th June 2020 06:31 PM

FB works hard to help keep people’s account secure and protect their personal information

The dos and don'ts of using using Facebook

FB works hard to help keep people’s account secure and protect their personal information

"In today's social media age, Human beings as providers of data and information, and it is our responsibility not to misuse this data and information."

In 2017, while in San Francisco, USA, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that he had made a huge mistake in failing to take a broad enough view of what Facebook's responsibility is in the world.

It's from this meeting that I was issued Safety at Facebook that I am going to be sharing with you such that we get to know our responsibilities the moment we join social media platforms like Facebook.

Facebook wants people to feel safe when using their platform and thus their mission; "To give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected"

Facebook receives people every day to share their stories, FB sees the world through the eyes of those people, and connect with friends and causes.

Authentic identity

When people stand behind their opinions and actions with their authentic identity and reputation, the FB community is more accountable. If FB discovers that people have multiple personal profiles, they may ask them to close the additional profiles. They also remove profiles that impersonate other people.

Keeping teens safe

Facebook requires everyone to be at least 13years old before they can create an account (in some jurisdictions, this age limit may be higher)

FB privacy and visibility settings for teens are generally more restrictive than the setting for adults.

They have a zero-tolerance towards child exploitation imagery and take proactive and aggressive measures to protect our young users from predators.

Community standards

FB Community Standards and related policies aim to find the right balance between giving people a place to express themselves and promoting a welcoming and safe environment for everyone.

Helping keep people safe

FB removes content, disable accounts, and work with law enforcement when we believe there is a genuine risk of physical harm or direct threats to public safety.

Encouraging respectful behavior

People use Facebook to share experiences and to raise awareness about issues that are important to them. This means that people may encounter opinions that are different from theirs, which we believe can lead to important conversations about difficult topics. To help balance the needs, safety, and interests of a diverse community, however, we may remove certain kinds of sensitive content or limit the audience that sees it. 

Keeping account and personal information secure

FB works hard to help keep people's account secure and protect their personal information. They investigate any suspected breach of security. Any attempt to compromise the security of a profile, including fraud, may be referred to law enforcement.

Protecting intellectual property

Facebook is a place for people to share things that are important to them. People own all of the content and information they post on Facebook, and they can control how it is shared through their privacy and application settings. They ask that people respect copyrights, trademarks, and other legal rights.

You're in charge

They have designed our platform with a view to giving people power and control over their own experiences. They give people control over what content they share, what content they see, and experience, who can contact them, with whom they share, and more.

Reporting and blocking

Facebook includes a "Report" link for harassment, bullying, and other issues on nearly every piece of content. Our community Operations teams work in offices around the world, 24 hours a day. 7 days a week, and in multiple languages. These teams are always ready to review things you report to make sure Facebook remains safe.

We also enable anyone to block other people on the site.

In-line privacy controls

With our in-line audience selector, we give people the power to decide who can and cannot see the things they share at the very moment that they share them.

People can even create customized audiences.

Login notifications

When people turn on login Notifications, Facebook sends am alert each time someone logs into their account from a new place.

Activity log

The activity log allows people to review and edit all their Facebook activity, adjust the privacy of any post, and change whether or not it is displayed on their timeline.

Privacy checkup

We created Privacy Checkup to help our community check their privacy settings easily. Simply click on the small padlock icon on the top right of your Facebook profile or page.

Secure browsing

When people have secure browsing turned on, we encrypt their activity on Facebook where possible, making it harder for anyone else to access their Facebook information without their permission.

Support inbox

The support Inbox is the place where people can check on the status of content they've reported or inquiries or requests they've made.

Social reporting

If people see something on Facebook that they don't like, but it doesn't violate the Facebook Terms, they can use the Report links to send a message to the person who posted it or reach out to a parent, teacher, or trusted friend for help. "".

To be continued…


Facebook also offers numerous programs and guides to help our community use Facebook safely and responsibly.

  1. Responsible Sharing: Think Before You Share is a guide by Facebook and Media Smarts to help teens be thoughtful about what they share online.
  2. Bullying Prevention & Conflict Resolution: The Bullying Prevention Hub, launched in partnership with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, is a resource for young people, parents, and educators to seek support and help for issues relating to bullying and other conflicts.
  3. Suicide Prevention & Support: Facebook also created Help a Friend in Need in partnership with Jed Foundation to raise suicide awareness and help support prevention.
  4. Privacy Basics: Facebook Privacy Basics is a tool set up by Facebook designed to give people complete control over what information they share on Facebook, with whom, and also who can share information with them.
  5. Security Checkup: Security is a quick way to review and add more security to your account. It helps people log out from unused browsers and apps, get login alerts, and learn how to protect passwords.
  6. Online safety: The safety Center contains valuable information, tools, and resources for parents, teachers, teens, and members of law enforcement.

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