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Facebook Ties With WCD Ministry To Ensure Women, Children Safety On Internet

BP World Bureau | Nov 20 2019 05:05:10 PM

NEW DELHI: Women and Children Ministry will be partnering with Facebook to make social networking secure and safe for women and children. This is a part of initiatives that Facebook has proposed to boost digital literacy in India.

Facebook and WCD announced the formation of an ideal ‘Internet Consortium’ to propose recommendations for the safety of children online. Facebook will launch 'We Think Digital' which is the company's global digital literacy programme for people.

Union WCD Minister Smriti Irani said that it is important to ensure the safety of women and children on the online platform as space is best suited to garner knowledge.

Children should be safe while women should get enough opportunities in the platform, she said.

She addressed the gathering of 'South Asia Safety Summit' in New Delhi which is also joined by over 100 organisation from Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan.

Irani looks forward to the collaboration with Facebook and more conversations on online safety.

 Ankhi Das, Director of Public Policy, Facebook India opined that the company is building programmes for Internet users' digital hygiene and for maintaining user's online privacy and security.

Facebook will also launch a campaign called 'Thumbstoppers', a series of short creative mobile videos as long as 10 seconds from the Indian advertising community which will focus on educating people on issues like equality between women and men, domestic violence and education and empowerment of girls.