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Facebook unveils safety centre

2010-04-14 08:05

Palo Alto - Facebook is unveiling a revamped internal site designed to help people stay safe while surfing online.

Facebook's "Safety Centre", which features new tools for parents, teachers, teens and law enforcement, is the first major endeavour from the social networking site and its four-month-old global safety advisory board.

The board is composed of internet safety groups Common Sense Media, ConnectSafely, WiredSafety, Childnet International and The Family Online Safety Institute.

Some new features of the safety centre include four times more content on staying safe, such as dealing with bullying online, an interactive portal and a simpler design.

The presence of sexual predators is a problem for social networking sites and their users.

Previously, Facebook, based in Palo Alto, California, has helped identify, and has disabled accounts of, registered sex offenders. In 2008, Facebook said it agreed to assist 49 Attorneys General to protect kids against internet predators.