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EllieMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 21-Mar-19 11:02:46

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We’ve been working with Facebook to find out the key areas users want to know about the social media platform. From our research and activity so far we have found 4 main areas that parents have questions around: ‘Moderating content’, ‘User's data privacy’, ‘Mental health & social media’ and ‘Safe use of the internet/Facebook’. We will be running 4 Q&A’s in order to cover these areas and allow MNers the chance to ask their questions on each topic.

This Q&A is about ‘mental health & social media/Facebook’. This covers subjects such as: using social media in a positive and healthy way, support groups, the effects social media has on mental health and how to take precautions to mitigate against them, for example managing the amount of time spent on social media.

Here’s what Facebook has to say: “We want to talk openly about the impact spending time on online has on people. For us, Facebook is at its best when it's bringing communities of people together around the issues and causes they care about in a positive way. But it's also our responsibility to help our community of over 40 million people in the UK in every way that we can – and it's a responsibility we take very seriously. It's important to think about the amount of time people spend on social media, and also how they spend that time too."

Would you like to hear about the research Facebook have done about mental health and social media? Do you want to know how you can view the amount of time you spend on Facebook? Perhaps you’d like to know more about Facebook’s efforts to fill your feed with your friend’s posts rather than ads? Or maybe you would just like to know more about how Facebook is helping its users have a more positive relationship with social media?

Whatever questions you have around mental health & social media/Facebook, please post them on the thread below and we will choose approximately 10 for Facebook to answer. Everyone who posts their questions will be entered into a prize draw where 3 MNers will win a £100 voucher of their choice (from a list).

If you would like to ask questions about ‘moderating content’ please click here
If you would like to ask questions about ‘user’s data privacy’ please click here
If you would like to ask questions about ‘safe use of the internet/Facebook’ please click here

Thanks and good luck with the prize draw

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BristolMum96 Thu 21-Mar-19 18:22:00

How is Facebook working to promote good mental health for teens and young people?

Enigma222 Thu 21-Mar-19 22:36:27

What mental health organisations are working along side Facebook to offer help to those that need it?

MrsFrTedCrilly Fri 22-Mar-19 10:59:33

What is Facebook doing to screen out memes and content that damage mental and physical health, specifically thinking about eating disorders eg anorexia?

llynnnn Mon 25-Mar-19 12:42:20

If you are made aware of a post or link which has been shared but may be damaging to metal health and not appropriate, how long do you expect it to take before it will be deleted from everyones account who may have shared it and action taken against those who first 'introduced' it to facebook?

JanuarySun Mon 25-Mar-19 13:50:00

Are you doing anything to address the fake perfect livws people post which make others feel bad?

3boysandabump Mon 25-Mar-19 14:36:18

Can Facebook monitor for words like suicide in posts or comments so that they are quickly flagged to potentially damaging/dangerous posts?

adulthumanwolf Mon 25-Mar-19 14:37:14

Do you think filtering/airbrushing photos should be banned? I was listening to a conversation about this recently

OurChristmasMiracle Mon 25-Mar-19 15:45:19

What help is provided to those facing bullying or harassment on Facebook? Do you provide the victim with links to support services should they wish to access them?

ButterflyOfFreedom Mon 25-Mar-19 16:54:37

What is Facebook doing about banning pro anorexia posts / groups and the like?

jacqui5366 Mon 25-Mar-19 17:34:03

do you have 'keywords' which if posted by an individual prompt external examination (self harm, suicide) and do you request external support for these individuals (Samaritans)

Montydoo Mon 25-Mar-19 17:37:00

Do you/would you offer a counselling service via messager for individuals to access - who feel they can 'talk' to an anonymous individual who can help, support and give advise when it's needed

rholo Mon 25-Mar-19 18:23:21

How are you being pro-active about supporting young people's mental health in terms of their social media use? How are you addressing concerns about the amount of time young people spend on social media? How can parents support teens who are being bullied through social media?

ElizabethMainwaring Mon 25-Mar-19 18:27:04

Are you now trying to tackle something that you've been aware of and actively milking? Does Facebook not thrive upon people's (womens) social anxiety? ( I don't need you to answer this. We all know it's the case).

SuzCG Mon 25-Mar-19 20:26:08

Has Facebook worked with any professional organisations in doing this research and coming up with any associated action plans? I would hate to think with something as important as young people's mental health that this was just a group of employee's, stabbing wildly in the dark!

GetKnitted Mon 25-Mar-19 21:43:01

How do I stop scrolling? no really!

Popcornandbuttons Tue 26-Mar-19 10:18:26

At what point do you make a referral to say the police or other bodies? Or do you just remove and block posts and leave it at that?

Popcornandbuttons Tue 26-Mar-19 10:20:23

Sorry I meant to post that on the other FB thread...whoops

sharond101 Tue 26-Mar-19 12:37:11

Is there a way to detect trolls within support groups on Facebook foe mental health issues?

sarat1 Tue 26-Mar-19 19:14:57

Would Facebook be able to promote better body image by working with brands like Dove?

ItsHardToExplain Tue 26-Mar-19 20:16:28

Can you put a note or banner or advert somewhere stating that things aren’t always what they seem. Say something like ‘peoples lives may appear perfect here in Facebook and other social media but we never know. If you need help get in touch with the Samaritans or talk to someone’

Bumblebeans Tue 26-Mar-19 21:03:11

Do you think that Facebook needs to take some responsibility for their users mental health?

kateandme Tue 26-Mar-19 22:06:59

how are you working to pull/spot/help users when disturbing,racist,threatening content appears.

Thismummyruns Wed 27-Mar-19 02:52:20

What work is being carried out to future proof social media platforms for the next generations in terms of mental health & to protect young/vulnerable children and adults?

As a mum of a 5 year old, I am already worried about this for when my daughter is social media active.

EsmeeMerlin Wed 27-Mar-19 20:34:49

What is facebook doing to moderate the sharing of content that promotes secrecy regarding mental health and the promotion of self harm and eating disorders?

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