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Facebook reaches out to protect MENA journalists

Facebook has been working hard on improving its safety protocols, such as adding safety pins for local disasters. For a long time now, Facebook has continued to show their commitment to their community by constantly editing and improving their security and protocols.

Earlier this year, Facebook launched the Facebook Journalism Project. The project aimed at improving the quality of the collaborations between the platform and news agencies around the world.

The project included tools such as e-learning for journalists, eyewitness media verification, the promotion of news literacy, and more efforts to stop fake news.

As part of the Facebook Journalism Project, Facebook introduced Facebook Safety for Journalists resources in June of this year. Now, those resources have finally been launched in the MENA region.

Working in consultation with the European Journalism Centre, the Committee to Protect Journalists, ConnectSafely, the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) and the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, Facebook has created suitable resources to help journalists in their dream for the truth.

The resources have been created and designed to specifically help journalists protect their account, privacy and themselves on the social media platform.

A dedicated webpage has been created on the platform to provide these resources and tips.



The one thing that wasn’t mentioned in their guide is how much metadata they are actually giving police and government agencies. Unlike other countries, Egyptian journalists fear more from them, so how just helpful are these tips for countries like ours?

Facebook’s Safety for Journalists Guide has been created and is/will be available in multiple languages including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish.

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