Facebook Becomes First Social Network To Ever Receive A GLAAD Media Award
Written by Instinct Staff |
Thursday, 31 May 2012
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Thanks to a bevy of anti-bullying initiatives and LGBT-friendly advances, Facebook will become the first social network to receive a GLAAD Media Award. Details follow.
Facebook will receive the honor next week at the GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco.
GLAAD listed Facebook's achievements in the statement announcing the upcoming award:
Facebook's leadership on anti-bullying initiatives was also recognized with an invitation to participate in the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention. There, the company announced it was seeking feedback from teenagers on bullying prevention, aired a special "Facebook Live" broadcast, and unveiled new tools that allow abuse reports to be handled more efficiently.
Other industry-leading steps Facebook has taken include:
- In September, Facebook launched the Stop Bullying: Speak Up campaign with Time-Warner, which empowers students, educators and parents to help prevent bullying. That campaign launched across Latin America this week.
- GLAAD and the Network of Support worked with Facebook to give users the options to select "In a Civil Union" and "In a Domestic Partnership," recognizing the relationships of countless loving and committed same-sex couples.
- Additionally, Facebook was among corporate leaders that participated in Spirit Day with GLAAD by encouraging employees to turn Facebook photos purple and wear the color on October 20 as a sign of support for LGBT youth.
- Facebook also added Help Center content that provides specific guidance on how users can help an LGBT person who has posted suicidal material and introduced special reporting procedures for LGBT youth in cooperation with the Trevor Project and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
"Facebook has set the bar high for ensuring LGBT people have a safe space to connect with friends and family," said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. "GLAAD is pleased to present this award to Facebook in recognition of its efforts to make their platform welcoming to everyone."