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Blocking, unfriending and privacy - new guide launched to help women protect themselves on Facebook

The guide was launched by Women’s Aid and Facebook.
Oct 13th 2016, 9:00 PM 9,728 11

A NEW SAFETY guide was launched today geared towards showing women how to better protect themselves on Facebook.

A Guide to Staying Safe on Facebook was launched today by Women’s Aid and Facebook at the company’s HQ.

The guide was created with safety experts and NGOs in the field of women’s safety, such as the National Network to End Domestic Violence in the US (NNEDV).

It provides practical advice on three key areas: security, privacy and having a trusted network on the social media platform.

The guide details things like how to set up login approvals, login notifications and how to perform privacy checks so that people can check how private their profile is to strangers.

It also offers advice on how the unfriend and block people as well as activate timeline review and other features other people may not know about.

Women’s Aid is an organisation dedicated to helping victims of domestic abuse.

According to the organisation, online and offline stalking, damaging rumours, partners demanding access to private passwords and sexually explicit images being shared without consent are among common digital abuse issues reported through its helpline.

“Digital abuse in intimate relationships is real and it is harmful,” said director of Women’s Aid Margaret Martin.

“We have long been concerned about disclosures of digital abuse made to our National Freephone Helpline and other services.

The impact of this type of insidious abuse on women’s lives cannot be underestimated.

A Guide to Staying Safe on Facebook can be viewed here

Read: Why isn’t ‘revenge porn’ illegal in Ireland?

Read: ‘Think of all those voices desperate for help’: Women’s Aid helpline receives 41 calls a day

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