Staying safe on social media- We’ve got your back!
Introducing our new Social Media Safety Guides for Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Tumblr, and Youtube! We have worked hard alongside each of these platforms to make it easier for you to stay safer online. Every guide gives user-friendly information on how use different platforms' reporting and privacy tools – and for the very first time all of this information is gathered in one location.
What makes these guides different than what is up on each social media site?
Each guide offers expanded information on privacy settings and reporting tools, written in transparent and accessible language. The guides provide a more user-focused perspective to navigating tools to keep you safe online.
How do the social media partnerships work?
Each social media platform has worked with us to provide feedback and guidance. Representatives from Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and Tumblr added the most up-to-date tips and best practices for keeping safe on each platform, and helped us make the language and details more accessible.
What is online harassment?
Online harassment includes a wide range of targeted behaviors, including threats, repeated hateful or discriminatory messages, publishing personal information (doxing), DDoS attacks, swatting, nonconsensual sharing of intimate images ("revenge porn"), defamation, and even directly promoting harm. Online harassment can target – or come from – a group or individual. It often has the expressed purpose of forcing the target to abandon the internet or take down their content. While there is space for debate and discussion online (as well as conflicting ideas!), what separates online harassment from healthy discourse is the focus on harm: including publishing personal information, sending threats with the intention to scare or harm, and even directly promoting harm against a person or organization.
Who experiences online harassment?
According to a Pew Research Center survey, 40% of people have been harassed online and 73% of people witnessed someone else being harassed online. We know that folks from all walks of life experience and even perpetuate online harassment. However, when it comes to threats, women, people of color, and LGBTQ folks are disproportionately impacted. Of those who have experienced online harassment, 66% said their most recent incident occurred on a social networking site or app.