Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Meta introduces Pakistani women’s internet safety measures

The Online Safety Guide and StopNCII (Non-consensual intimate images) are two new Meta projects in Pakistan aimed at protecting women online.

By increasing digital literacy and responsible online behaviour among users, the crucial safety advisory hopes to provide safer online places for women to communicate and express themselves without limits.

In an effort to prepare users for the challenges of the modern digital world, Meta has published a new safety guide at its Safety Centre. Millions of Pakistanis use Meta to connect and explore common interests.

But it’s always smart to stay informed about online harassment, unwelcome messages, and other fraudulent and criminal activity.

In addition to awareness training, Meta has policies and processes in place to combat online violence against women.

The handbook outlines how women may use Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp to stay safe online and avoid criminal and fraudulent activity.

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To stop the distribution of non-consensual intimate photos (NCII), sometimes known as Revenge Porn, StopNCII was developed with Meta’s expert help and financing.

StopNCII.org is a global organisation that works with regional partners to help local victims. It uses cutting-edge technology to prevent compromising images and videos from circulating online.

StopNCII now has an Urdu portal where individuals concerned about their online safety and privacy can file a case. Once a case is opened, Meta can prevent the distribution of compromising photographs and videos online.

The system simply requires the hash or numerical code to be communicated with the platform, not the photos. The portal also includes information and vital voices of survivors, specialists, advocates, and Meta’s tech partners.

The StopNCII Urdu portal was launched by Meta’s Pakistani partner, Digital Rights Foundation (DRF). Participants comprised civil society representatives, Meta regional specialists, digital experts, and rights advocates.

Women and vulnerable social media users can visit Meta’s dedicated Safety Hub “Safety@Facebook” to get the information and tools they need to stay safe online.

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