Facebook creates safety advisory board

Social networking site Facebook said it has formed an advisory board comprising five Internet safety organisations to consult on issues related to online safety.

Facebook plans to regularly meet board members to review existing safety resources it provides its users, develop new materials and seek advice on general safety best practices.

The first task of the board will be to oversee an overhaul of safety content in Facebook's help center.

The organizations on the board are Common Sense Media, ConnectSafely, WiredSafety, Childnet International and The Family Online Safety Institute.

Facebook and rival MySpace, owned by News Corp, have deals with state attorneys general to increase efforts to protect their youngest members from abuse

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