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Facebook Gets Security Facelift

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    Facebook has launched a completely redesigned, user-friendly, Safety Center.

    The center is designed to provide parents, educators, teens and even police with tools for reporting anything from sex offenders to possible terrorism.

    The social networking site didn't do it alone, though.

    Five Internet Safety Organizations from North America to Europe were part of the initiative. Common Sense Media, ConnectSafely, WiredSafety, Childnet International and The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), now make up Facebook's new Safety Advisory Board.

    "We want our approach for improving safety to be as simple, easy and effective as our approach to improving Facebook's user experience. Our Safety Advisory Board has been a tremendous resource in developing this next generation of safety resources and offering us ideas for new initiatives," said Elliot Schrage, vice president of Global Communications and Public Policy at Facebook.   

    According to Facebook, the new Safety Center focuses in on the following key components:

    · Robust content: four times the number of pages dedicated to safety topics than was previously available

    · Interactive portal: rich multimedia content drawn from Facebook resources as well as independent organizations that seek to educate people about staying safe online.

    · Streamlined design: clean, navigable interface created to help people quickly find answers to important safety questions organized by topic, such as "Addressing Personal Safety" and "Responding to Objectionable Content"

    The Safety Center is Facebook's latest checkmark on their safety agenda. Last year, the New York Attorney General’s office cited Facebook’s cooperation in identifying and disabling the accounts of registered sex offenders, according to Facebook.