Guide to the safety for journalists in the Facebook


The European Journalism Center (EJC) in conjunction with the Facebook Journalism Project announced this week about the launch of a manual for journalists on Facebook Safety for Journalists.

So far, as it is known, Facebook has become an important tool for finding information and its sources, viewing and sharing news. Therefore, it becomes increasingly important for journalists to navigate in this network. But, as in any social network, the use of Facebook is fraught with its risks.

Since journalists are dependent on the Internet, which allows them to track new stories, store data, share information and communicate with its sources, digital security issues are becoming increasingly important.

In the UNESCO report released in 2015, 12 digital threats for journalism are listed, including monitoring individuals and total surveillance, online intimidation, data hunting and much more. The same report states that 54% of 167 surveyed journalists were digital security training.

In order to remedy this situation, a guide has been issued on topics such as setting privacy, two-factor authentication and reporting of location, and also how to act in cases of aggressive behavior and the appearance of offensive comments in profiles and on pages.

The guide includes short animated videos summarizing the information, and a review of the best tactics for solving the security problem.

The information will be available in several languages, including French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Chinese, Spanish and Arabic.

Other resources for media representatives can be found on Learno - another web-site that supports EJC.