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Facebook Releases New Tools to Protect People from Bullying and Harassment Online

Facebook has released new tools that aim to protect users from bullying and harassment on its social network platform.

The new tools will give users an ability to better control “unwanted, offensive or harassment” experiences on Facebook.

“We hope the additional steps we’re taking will help people who face bullying and harassment on Facebook,” said Facebook.

New Comment Moderation

First, users will have new ways to deal with “harassing” comments on their posts. When a user finds a comment as negative, hurtful, or in any way unwanted, they will soon be able to “hide or delete multiple comments in one go through the options menu of their post.”

This feature is releasing on Android and desktop and should be available on iOS in the “coming months.”

Additionally, users will also be able to “search and block offensive words” from showing up in comments. This feature is currently in test and will be available, soon, says Facebook.

Here is a screenshot of comment moderation:

Facebook Comment ?Moderation

Reporting Bully or Harassment

When a user comes across someone being “bullied or harassed,” they can now report about the harasserĀ on the victims’ behalf. This can be done from the menu above the post of concern.

Facebook’s Community Operations team will then review and determine whether it violates their Community Standards and takes action. For privacy, the report will remain anonymous throughout the process.

New Appeal Tools

People who have been reported for bullying or harassment and think their content that include “photo, video or post” shouldn’t have been taken down, “will now be able to appeal the decision.”

Appeal decisions were introduced earlier this year to allow users to request a second review of their content that has been taken down.

Initially, the feature supported contents involving nudity, sexual activity, hate speech or graphic violence. It is now expanded to include bullying and harassment violations as well.

Better Protections for Public Figures

Facebook says it’s also keeping public figures in mind, so now it’s expanding policies to include “all public figures of any age” for better protecting them against harassment.

The company earlier this year has tweaked its policies to protect young public figures from targeted harassment, which is now expanding to include all public figures regardless of age in the “coming weeks.”

For example, “severe attacks that directly engage a public figure will not be allowed under the new policy,” explains Facebook.

Anyone experiencing unwanted behavior on Facebook, can now “report the person who is bullying or harassing,” or “anonymously ignore unwanted messages,” and “block someone without them being notified,” said Facebook.

In addition to these new tools, Facebook said thatĀ it has also been working with schools and communities to address bullying on its platform.

  • Partnered with the National Parent Teachers Association in the US to facilitate 200 community events in cities in every state
  • It also offers peer-to-peer online safety and anti-bullying programs to secondary schools in the UK
  • And supports an online safety program towards educating young people in India.

Bringing an end to the announcement, Facebook said it will continue to build better tools, while also improving its policies.

“We know our job is never done when it comes to keeping people safe, and we’ll continue listening to feedback on how we can build better tools and improve our policies,” wrote Facebook.

Learn more about these changes at Bullying Prevention Hub page.

Also, watch the video embed below to see these features:


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