Facebook Agrees To Strengthen Its Safeguards
Sexual predators, obscene content and harassment will not be tolerated on our site, Facebook recently announced. The social networking site feels it has to do a better job in protecting its members, especially children and adolescents.
October 17, 2007
Now, the two parties have reached an agreement. Under its terms, Facebook must accept complaints about nudity or pornography, harassment or unwelcome contact confidentially via hyperlinks placed throughout Facebook’s website as well as via an independent email to email@example.com. Such complaints must be addressed within 24 hours and the complainant must be notified of the result of the investigation within 72 hours.
Also, Facebook must disclose all the newly implemented safety procedures on its website and ensure that all other public statements made by Facebook about safety are consistent with the specified language.
In addition, Facebook will have the Independent Safety and Security Examiner (ISSE) keeping an eye on its investigations. The ISSE will examine Facebook’s complaint review process and will evaluate the site's performance in responding to complaints. The Examiner will report bi-annually and may recommend additional safety measures.
Last but not least, Facebook must provide an easily accessible hyperlink to allow Facebook users give feedback to the ISSE about the site's performance in responding to complaints.
The ISSE is a third party approved by the New York State Attorney General’s Office.