Facebook Forms Board On Online Safety

Jason Morris

facebookFacebook is working really hard to combat online sexual predators and other deviant behavior on its popular internet portal.  Facebook is the leading online social networking tool with over 300 million subscribers.  This online safety board is a great step towards thwarting this type of activity.  I think a great next step is for them to educate employers on the perils of using its site for background checks.  As our readers know well this is a topic we have written passionately about for a few years now.  We look forward to one day collaborating with the folks over at Facebook on how to better protect employers and applicants alike!

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Social networking site Facebook said it has formed an advisory board comprising five Internet safety organizations to consult on issues related to online safety.

Facebook plans to regularly meet board members to review existing safety resources it provides its users, develop new materials and seek advice on general safety best practices.

The first task of the board will be to oversee an overhaul of safety content in Facebook’s help center.

The organizations on the board are Common Sense Media, ConnectSafely, WiredSafety, Childnet International and The Family Online Safety Institute.

Facebook and rival MySpace, owned by News Corp, have deals with state attorneys general to increase efforts to protect their youngest members from abuse.

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President & Chief Operating Officer at EmployeeScreenIQ
A veteran screening and risk management professional, Jason Morris founded EmployeeScreenIQ in 1999 and acts as the company’s chief operating officer and president. Morris is a frequent speaker delivering captivating, interactive discussions on background checks, global screening, recruitment and staffing. He educates audiences in best practice initiatives as they relate to organizational employment screening programs. Morris has been quoted in numerous business and industry publications including The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC.com, USA Today, New York Times, among others. He is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.
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