Consumer Watch: Social media checkups how-to

Social media experts say people often forget some simple ways to protect themselves online (KOKH).

Facebook is facing mounting criticism since the role of fake news and misinformation in the last presidential election. Now that criticism is turning to how protected users are on the site.

Fox 25 Consumer Watch sat down with Patrick Allmond a social media expert with Focus Marketing.

He says the first important step is to make sure you have a private Facebook profile. It may sound easy and obvious, but it is often forgotten.

Next up, if you see something say something.

“The only way that these social networks know that something is bad, is if you or I report it,” said Allmond

Facebook makes it simple to report any posts, and this link will take you to an explainer on the process. Sometimes disagreeing with the content can drive a person to make a report, but this function is more useful if you identify something as a scam or a user losing access to their account, especially since they may not be aware right away.

“We will install an app not knowing that the app is going to go out there and spam our friends,” says Allmond of the way some users may find they have lost some or all the access to their personal accounts.

While you are browsing your timeline, check out Facebook’s safety center. If you are logged on to your account, you can run a safety check-up from there. That same safety center provides information about helping friends you think are in trouble, like issues with suicide and bullying.

If you think one of your friends has a compromised account be sure you get in contact with them after reporting it to Facebook. Allmond says people often forget they can pick up the phone to contact someone about a potential social media breach.

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