Facebook targets online abuse with updated Safety Centre and anti-bullying hub

Facebook has unveiled an updated Safety Centre and Bullying Prevention Hub as part of plans to clamp down on abuse on the social network.

The website now also includes a "security check-up" feature to enable users to check the privacy settings on their Facebook profile and enhance them as necessary.

It can also be used to review account security by encouraging users to change their password regularly and log out on public devices and browsers.

Facebook, along with Twitter and other social networking sites, has been heavily criticised in the past for the way some reports of abuse are handled.

The social network said of the update: "Our new Safety Centre walks you through the tools we offer to control your experience on Facebook, as well as numerous tips and resources for safe and secure sharing.

"It is available in over 50 languages, is mobile friendly and includes step-by-step videos."

The site’s new Bullying Prevention Hub contains separate information for teenagers, parents and teachers on how to address and prevent bullying.

The security check-up feature also enables users to secure their account again if they believe they have been hacked.

The social media site’s global head of safety Antigone Davis said: “Facebook is where people share some of the most important moments in life. That’s why we build our services and tools to help people stay in control and feel safe being themselves.

“If you see something abusive or harmful that you think should not be on Facebook, you can report it to us by clicking the report link – typically an upside-down arrow in the top right of a post.

“Our global team works 24 hours a day and seven days a week to review things that you report and remove anything that violates our community standards.”

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