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Facebook partners with over 20 African NGOs for Safer Internet Day 2019

Emeka Afigbo, Facebook’s Head of Platform Partnerships for the Middle East and Africa. (FILE PHOTO)

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa– In line with its commitment to building a safer online world for all, Facebook is supporting Safer Internet Day (5 February) 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 cyberbullying and cyber-crime.

The campaign aims to raise awareness about Internet safety and security concerns such as cyberbullying and cyber-crime

Facebook is supporting the Safer Internet Day by sponsoring the printing of online safety awareness booklets, facilitating training sessions and creating a family-friendly animation to help raise awareness of the Facebook Safety Centre

“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,” says Sherry Dzinoreva, Public Policy Programs Lead at Facebook Africa. “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, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Facebook’s highlights for the week of Safer Internet Day include:

In South Africa, Facebook is partnering with The Film and Publication Board (FPB), Media Monitoring Africa (MMA), Google, Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) to launch 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.

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