Social Media

Facebook Launches Panic Button for Child Safety

Social networking website, Facebook, has agreed to adopt a panic button aimed at improving the online safety of its younger users.

According to a child protection group, Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), says the launch of button, which follows its long campaign, will allow children and teenagers to report suspicious behaviour and get help, advice and support about staying safe online.

NGO Urges Turkey to Unblock Banned Sites

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has called on Turkey to stop blocking Google’s video-sharing website, YouTube, and thousands of other sites banned under its Internet law.

The organisation says the law, which was introduced in 2007, has been expanded to bar over 5 000 sites in the past two years and is severely damaging freedom of expression and information rights.

Facebook Groups Hijacked – CYI

Activists claim to have seized control of nearly 300 Facebook community groups in a self-proclaimed effort to expose how vulnerable online reputations are to tampering.

A contingent that identified itself as Control Your Info (CYI) claimed credit for commandeering 289 Facebook Groups, saying it was simple to get into poorly protected administrative settings at the website.

Non-profits Take to Social Media Like Ducks to Water

By the time the 2009 SANGONeT 'ICTs for Civil Society' Conference, held in Johannesburg and Cape Town, ended at the River Club in Observatory on 21 October 2009, there were more non-profits excited about the potential uses of social media in their work than when we began. While the scepticism which many began the conference with remained, organisations had begun the important discussion about what strategic use of social media means for them and their beneficiaries.

What’s the buzz? The #sango09 twitter tag is busy on Day One

Participants at the kickoff SANGONet 2009 Social Media for NGOs conference made great use of the hashtag #sango09.   The channel remained active throughout the day with over 200 tweets.  Perhaps the biggest buzz was around the launch of the Betavine Social Exchange which was introduced by Steve Wollak from Vodaphone.  According to the


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