Facebook Partners with South Africa’s Film and Telecommunication
Facebook, an American online social media and social networking service company, has announced plans to partner with South Africa’s film and telecommunication industry regulators. The campaign is part of a larger initiative that covers most of Sub-Saharan Africa with its commitment to building a safer online world for all.
Facebook had earlier pledged its support for Safer Internet Day, which was held on 5th February, 2019, with a campaign spanning 15-plus African countries.
Aligning with the Safer Internet Day call to action, ‘Together for a better internet’ by joining hands with more than 20 non-profit organisations and government agencies, the campaign aims to raise awareness about Internet safety and security concerns such as cyber bullying and cyber-crime.
Public Policy Programs Lead at Facebook Africa, Sherry Dzinoreva said, “We know that safety is a shared conversation, which is why we are excited to be working with so many stakeholders around the continent to make the Internet a better place.”
“Together, with Safer Internet Day as a platform, we can address emerging online concerns, so that people and especially children and the youth, can get the most from their Internet experience.”
The campaign covers most of Sub Saharan Africa, including Benin, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Going forward, Facebook has now partnered with South Africa’s Film and Publication Board (FPB), Media Monitoring Africa (MMA), Google, and Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) to launch an initiative known as the Web Rangers Programme 2019.
Facebook is also supporting this effort with educational content. Facebook’s Emilar Gandhi will participate in panel sessions to talk about how Facebook strives to keep its community safe.
Film and Publication Board spokesperson, Lynette Kamineth said “Together for a Better Internet is a call to action for every government agency, private company, civil society organisation and citizen of South Africa. A force for good, the digital world also holds some dangers. But these dangers are all created. In and of itself the internet can only cause harm if it is used expressly for that purpose.”
She concluded “We all need to respect the rights of others on the internet, as much as we expect our rights to be respected.”