Online security

Meta launches new online safety course for journalists

Meta is launched a new free online training course on digital safety and security for journalists and human rights defenders, which introduces participants to a series of key elements to help protect their privacy, combat harassment and more.

As Meta explains:

Supported by the Meta Journalism Project, the 90-minute self-paced course will teach journalists and human rights defenders how to protect their digital assets and increase the security of their operations.

the New program was created in collaboration with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and the Border center for journalists and bloggers (BCJB), and is available on the ICFJ website.

Course modules include

  • Build a strong foundation of digital security
  • Safe use of social networks
  • How to safely report difficult situations
  • Fight against online harassment

Journalists and civil society advocates will soon also be able to participate in a series of digital security webinars to deepen their learning.

The course couldn’t be more timely, with Russian authorities now banning social media platforms and news outlets for what they claim was a misrepresentation of its invasion of Ukraine.

facebook and Twitter have been blocked for Russian users (Instagram and WhatsApp remain active), while the BBC is one of the main news outlets that was forced to shut down its Russian operations due to a recent law change that’seems to criminalize the process of independent journalism” in Russia.

As part of efforts to control what journalists can and cannot report, maintaining the safety of correspondents is crucial, and this course will help improve digital literacy, to maximize online sources without exposing yourself. yourself or your contacts at undue risk.

This is a good initiative, and I hope it will allow more journalists to better understand their options in this regard.

You can read more about the new Meta safety and security training courses here.