Facebook has launched a new initiative in partnership with a number of journalism organisations to help journalists “protect their accounts and themselves on Facebook.”
The Facebook Safety for Journalists page covers 10 steps that journalists should take, ranging from password protection to abuse and harassment.
The guide explains how you can turn on alerts for unrecognized logins, and use a physical security key on a USB if logging in with Chrome or Opera.
It also covers secure communication. Here, it predictably only recommends WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger — but doesn’t mention the metadata it may share with law enforcement.
That is quite a problem, and I’d be interested to know whether partner organisations like the Committee to Protect Journalists raised this at all.
It does, however, at least highlight that journalists can use Facebook with the Tor browser:
“To help conceal their IP address so Facebook, advertisers, local phone networks, and ISPs won’t see where you’re logging in from. This further protects the security of their location and connection to Facebook. Access Facebook using the Tor browser at https://facebookcorewwwi.onion/. Facebook also provides support for Tor on Android through the Orbot proxy app, which you can download from Google Play.