This week, an expert team from Facebook will meet with leading South African and Zimbabwean representatives, civil society and experts to learn from, as well as provide practical advice in helping people in regards to online safety. As part of its mission in giving people the power to build community and bring the world closer together, the trainings and workshop sessions will be centered around creating an open dialogue in online safety, whilst highlighting the tools available to ensure people feel welcome, empowered and safe when using the platform.
As part of Facebook’s ongoing efforts in understanding and positively contributing to the African internet eco-system, the team will be working with a number of organizations including local governments, policy makers and civil society to co-host selected events in both Zimbabwe and South Africa.
“We want everyone to feel safe when using Facebook”, says Emilar Gandhi, Public Policy Manager for South Africa, Facebook. “As an open platform for ideas, and a place where self-expression, connection and sharing is encouraged, safety is at the centre of how we build our products. Protecting the privacy and safety of the people who use Facebook is at the heart of everything we do and that is why this Safety Tour is so important to us – not only to educate on the tools that we have in place, but to create open conversations.”