IT Revolution:Facebook Going to Launch Digital Literacy Programs

by Nadia Riaz on November 8, 2019 | Images Source Social Media

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 Pakistan tops the list of countries for making requests to block contents, Facebook has decided to launch digital literacy program next year 2020 in order to create awareness among users to get benefits for use of technology.

“In Pakistan, we are planning to launch digital literacy program next year 2020 to help users to get best benefit of technology”, Facebook’s Head of Safety Policy Asia Pacific Amber Hawkes, Sehr Tariq Facebook’s Public Policy Manager and Shmyla Khan Program and Research Officer Digital Rights Foundation (DRF) stated in a joint briefing to a select group of reporters here on Thursday.

According to statistics, there were about 41 million users in Pakistan but with the advent of 5G, if accessibility and affordability improved then the number could increase. Because women are at disadvantage in terms of access to Internet, maybe because they do not feel safe.

The visiting Facebook’s head of safety said that they were going to launch Non Consensual Sharing of Intimate Images (NCCI) in collaboration with local partner DRF next week through which in case of complaints any unwarranted content or images would be barred for displaying on Facebook.

“It will help women and children to ensure safety from intimidation and harassment”, they said and added that it could also help avoiding instances of honor killings in Pakistan because the display of any objectionable image without consent could cause problems for safety and security especially for women and children.

The NCCI is a tool designed for safety and it will help us in detecting objectionable material and ensure timely removal. The tool will also allow us to remove pictures/videos which have been uploaded without consent, they added.

 Facebook Public Policy manager Sehar Tariq said that there was a very strict policy for teenagers to create an account.

“We have zero tolerance for child exploitation ima­gery and take proactive and aggressive measures to protect our young users from predators,” she said, adding that Facebook required a user to be at least 13 years old before they could create an account, but in some jurisdictions the age limit was higher.

This awareness program is going to be great contribution for our society. Through this program people would be able to know the real and true purpose of this platform as well as other social media platforms. Somehow this program can bring out the productive purpose of these platforms like Facebook etc. Through which we are able to make contribution in development of the economy and country.



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