In a recent statement, Facebook announced that it launched the very first Facebook Community Leaders Program. Facebook committed $10 million toward residency and fellowship opportunities for up to five community leaders around the world. The objective is to empower leaders who are using Facebook to build their communities.
Additionally, Facebook community leaders will also participate in “Community Leadership Circles” where they can connect, learn and collaborate. These circles bring digital leaders together off-line, and in-person. Facebook community leaders can learn more and how to apply here. Applications are open now through March 8.
Facebook’s daily active user base in the U.S. and Canada fell for the first time ever in the fourth quarter, dropping from 185 million to 184 million. In addition, prominent brands like Unilever have threatened to pull ads unless Facebook takes action against fake news, racism, sexism and extremism.
Rewarding Facebook Community Leaders with New Tools
Facebook community leaders will also be provided accesss to four new features. These tools will support leaders in keeping their communities safe, organized and engaged. New features include:
- Improved admin tools
- Group announcements
- Group rules to keep communities safe
- More options for personalization
Doubling Down on Putting an End to Fake News and Trolls
Furthermore, by the end of 2018 Facebook plans on doubling the number of people at their London hub working on community safety efforts. These efforts include detecting and stopping fake accounts, protecting people from harassment and improving ways to report content.
Lastly, the effort isn’t limited to just Facebook, according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “Our goal is to find people who are using Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger to bring people closer together.
On the heels of ongoing tragedies like school shootings, we need as many ways to bring people closer together as we can create.