Facebook and Md. schools partner to combat bullying

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Facebook and Maryland's school systems will pilot an initiative next year that should help make it easier to have offensive or hurtful language on the social media site taken down.

The effort to combat cyber bullying was started by Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, who announced the new initiative, called the Educator Escalation Channel, at a meeting Thursday with school district superintendents.

Under the initiative, Facebook will help educate school systems on better ways to combat cyber bullying and give them a channel to the social media giant to report offensive behavior.

"When there is clear cyber bullying going on, then getting that language taken off Facebook as quickly as possible" is important, Gansler said.

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