To assist users in securely navigating cyberspace, Meta has launched two new programs in Pakistan, the Online Safety Guide and StopNCII (Non-consensual intimate pictures).
The important safety advice, which is accessible in English and Urdu, is anticipated to increase users’ digital knowledge and responsible online conduct, resulting in safer online spaces for women to interact and express themselves without restrictions.
The safety guide, which is currently accessible at Meta’s Safety Centre, is part of the company’s endeavor to better equip and prepare users for the difficulties of today’s digital environment. In Pakistan, millions of individuals utilize Meta platforms to communicate and pursue common interests.
However, being informed about concerns such as online harassment, unsolicited communications, and a variety of fraudulent and illegal activities in the online environment is always a good idea.
Meta has laws and processes in place to combat online violence against women, as well as awareness campaigns to help women protect themselves from unscrupulous online forces.
All of the safety options accessible on Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp are included in the safety guide. It discusses how women may utilize them to protect themselves from illegal and fraudulent activity while using the internet.
StopNCII was established with Meta’s professional help and financing in partnership with a worldwide NGO partner, the UK Revenge Porn Helpline, to discourage the spreading of non-consensual intimate photos (NCII), often known as Revenge Porn while keeping the emphasis on safety.
StopNCII.org is a worldwide organization that now serves individuals via regional partners that campaign for victims in their own communities. It employs cutting-edge technology to prevent incriminating images and videos from circulating online.
StopNCII has also been translated into Urdu, and individuals worried about their online safety and privacy may utilize it to file a complaint.
Meta can proactively restrict the dissemination of incriminating photographs and videos before they proliferate online after the case is opened.
The method does not need the photographs to leave the user’s device; instead, the platform receives just the hash or numerical code.
For women seeking aid and advice, the site also incorporates information and essential voices from survivors, professionals, activists, and Meta’s tech partners.
The Digital Rights Foundation (DRF), a Meta partner group in Pakistan, hosted an online discussion in conjunction with the launch of the StopNCII webpage in Urdu.
Representatives from civil society groups, Meta regional specialists, digital professionals, and rights campaigners were among those who attended the forum.