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Name
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Facebook
Tool Class
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Social Media, Crowdfunding
Developer
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Facebook
Date Created
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2004/02/04
Still Maintained?
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Yes
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iOS, Android, Web
Website
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https://nonprofits.fb.com/
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free, purchase
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all
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Beginner

Summary

Facebook is a social network with more than a billion active monthly users. In many countries, Facebook is the primary platform for communication. Peacebuilders can use Facebook to host communities, mobilize and raise awareness of supporters for causes, and crowdfund.

Facebook owns other social services, Instagram and Whatsapp.

Security using Facebook

(Much of this information is drawn and adapted from the Facebook produced guide "Safety Tips for Sensitive Information.")

Peacebuilders, particularly those addressing sensitive issues, need to use caution when using social media services like Facebook. Facebook profiles, including those of Page admins, may be targetted to gain access to contacts and sensitive information. Here are some easy tips tips to keep you and your information safe.

Protect your password and account

  • Don't use your Facebook password anywhere else online, and never share your password. You should be the only one who knows it. Avoid using personally identifiable information that can be easily discovered such as your name, phone number, birth date, mailing address, etc. Your password should be difficult to guess.
  • Use login alerts to get notifications if your account is being logged into from a new or different device.

- You will find login alerts in the Security section under "Settings" in Facebook. When you turn on login alerts, we'll send you an email or notification each time someone logs into your account from a new place.

  • Use login approvals as an extra security feature that can be used for two-factor authentication.

- You will find login approvals in the same Security section highlighted above.

- There are 3 different ways you can retrieve your special security code: 1) Facebook will send you a text message with a login code each time you need one, 2) you can get 10 codes to print, write down, or save for when you need them, or 3) you can use Code Generator if you have the Facebook app on your smartphone or tablet.

Manage Your Privacy

  • If you plan to post to a public audience using your profile, the following tools can help you manage your privacy.
  • On your computer, you can curate your friends into lists. This will control who can see what you share on Facebook.
  • Use Privacy Checkup to make sure you are only sharing information and posts with the people you want to.
  • Or visit the Privacy section under Settings to see who can see your posts, who can contact you, and who can look you up.
  • You can also monitor activity on your Facebook profile by viewing your Activity Log, or if you're on a computer, see how others see your profile by selecting "View As" to the right side of your cover photo.

Pages and Page Admin Roles

  • People use Pages for reaching large audience to share their stories and connect with people.
  • There is no limit to how many people can like a Page and Page information and posts are public and generally available to everyone on Facebook. Anyone can like a Page to connect with it and get News Feed updates.
  • Pages have adminds who can monitor and control what content is shown on the page. There are different administrative roles with varying levels of access for people who manage Pages, so it's important that the role assigned to each person is related to their responsibilities on the page. For example, if you add additional admins to your Page, they have the same level of control over the Page as you do, including removal of other admins.

Here is a breakdown of the various roles and responsibilities of user types on Pages.

Using Facebook with Tor

  • Accessing Facebook using the Tor browser here allows you to mask the geographic location from which you are logging in.
  • Facebook also provides support for Tor on Android through the Orbot proxy app, which you can download from Google Play

Using OpenPGP Notifications

  • People on Facebook are able to add an OpenPGP public key to their profile, which can be used to "end-to-end" encrypt notification emails sent from Facebook to their preferred email accounts.
  • This can also be used as a means to share public keys with sensitive sources.

Report content

Facebook asks users to report abusive content (such as hate speech) by using the "Report" link that appears near the content itself.

Document abuse

If you plan to report harassment to law enforcement, take screen shots of any unwanted attention before blocking the harasser. AFter blocking someone, their prior engagement with you will no longer be visible.

Block harassers

Blocking someone will prevent them from friending you or starting conversations with you.They will not be able to see things you post on your Timeline. To block someone:

  • Click at the top right of any Facebook page.
  • Click 'How do I stop someone from bothering me?'
  • Enter the name or email address of the person you want to block and click 'Block'.
  • If you entered a name, select the specific person you wnat to block from the list that appears.
  • People will not be notified when you block them.

Contact Law Enforcement

Contact local law enforacement if you feel threatened.

What Makes This Tool Different from Others in its Class?

Facebook is different from other social media platforms in terms of number of users. With 1.65 billion monthly active users as of March 31, 2016. Facebook is multifunctional - a social media network, community hosting service, crowdfunding page all rolled in to one.

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