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Facebook gets serious about user safety

Forms Safety Advisory Board that will suggest best practices to protect children online

Facebook wants to protect its young users.
Facebook wants to protect its young users.

Facebook is taking the safety of its users seriously by forming its own advisory board that will help review existing safety resources available and suggest best practices going forward.

The first task of the Facebook Safety Advisory Board, which is made up of Common Sense Media, ConnectSafely, WiredSafety, Childnet International and The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), will be to makeover the safety content on Facebook's Help Center to create a comprehensive resource with educational material not only for teens but also parents and teachers.

It's the latest move by Facebook towards its goal of a safe web experience after the company recently cooperated with the New York Attorney General's office to identify and disable the accounts of registered sex offenders.

"We believe that the only way to keep kids safe online is for everyone who wants to protect them to work together," said Elliot Schrage, VP of Global Communications and Public Policy at Facebook. "The formation of a board to advise specifically on safety issues is a positive, innovative and collaborative step towards creating a more robust safety environment, and we are thrilled that such a well-respected, trusted group of organizations has joined us in this endeavor."