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With more than 200 million young people online in India, the digital library will help them build the skills needed for safely enjoying digital technology, said Facebook

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In a bid to train 3 lakh Indians in digital safety, Facebook on Monday announced the launch of the Digital Literacy Library — a collection of lessons in Bengali, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.

The announcement was made at Facebook’s South Asia Safety Summit here in the presence of Union Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Maneka Gandhi.

Joined by over 70 organisations from five countries, including India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, the event included discussions among experts on a wide range of topics, from safety and technology to keep the most vulnerable people safe when they go online.

Facebook also organised a child safety hackathon at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi in partnership with Cyber Peace Foundation and Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi.

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With a focus on developing solutions to help combat child sex trafficking, all prototypes developed at the hackathon are being donated to NGO partners to help them in their work of protecting children.

“The launch of the Digital Literacy Library, the child safety hackathon and several offline training programmes we run in partnership with local experts, reaffirm our seriousness in combating online abuse,” said Antigone Davis, Global head for Safety, Facebook.

“We expect to train 3,00,000 people by end of 2018, and we will multiply these efforts in times to come,” he added.

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Facebook reports child exploitative material and violations to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). NCMEC, who was also present at the summit, works with local law enforcement authorities globally to help victims.

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“The trainings are targeted primarily towards women and youth and are being done in collaboration with organisations such as Cyber Peace Foundation, Learning Links Foundation, Internet and Mobile Association of India, Gaon Connection, and Centre for Social Research, to name a few,” informed Davis.

With more than 200 million young people online in India, the digital library will help them build the skills needed for safely enjoying digital technology, said Facebook. (IANS)

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Accepts That The Social media Giant May Have To Pay Excessive Taxes

Zuckerberg will tell the conference that he's glad that that the OECD is looking at tax reform, which Facebook also wants

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The billionaire social network founder is due to meet members of the European Union's executive Commission in Brussels and speak at the Munich Security Conference in Germany. VOA

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to throw his support behind international reforms that would require Silicon Valley tech giants to pay more tax in Europe.

The billionaire social network founder is due to meet members of the European Union’s executive Commission in Brussels and speak at the Munich Security Conference in Germany.

Zuckerberg is expected to tell the conference  that he’s backing plans for digital tax reform on a global scale proposed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. According to an excerpt of his speech provided in advance, Zuckerberg will say, “I understand that there’s frustration about how tech companies are taxed in Europe.”

Zuckerberg will tell the conference that he’s glad that that the OECD is looking at tax reform, which Facebook also wants. “And we accept that may mean we have to pay more tax and pay it in different places under a new framework,” Zuckerberg will reportedly say.

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Mark Zuckerberg Accepts That Facebook May Have to Pay More Taxes. VOA

The OECD plans would require digital and internet companies, including social media platforms, to pay more tax in countries where they have significant consumer-facing activities and generate profits.

The current system for taxing multinationals is based on where they are physically located, which sees internet companies such as Facebook pay the majority of their tax in the United States. The situation is even more complicated in the European Union, where multinationals largely pay taxes on business done across the region in the one country that serves as their EU base, often a low-tax haven.

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Tech companies have faced criticism for not paying enough tax in come countries. The U.S., meanwhile, has criticized the OECD plans, arguing they discriminate against big Silicon Valley companies. (VOA)