Facebook is an online social media and social networking service owned by Meta Platforms. It includes personal accounts, organizational accounts (pages), groups and more. You can post multimedia (audio, video, gifs, etc.) as well as stream live video on Facebook (through Facebook or external streaming services such as Zoom).
Current known uses in the sector
- Many organizations have Facebook pages where they share information and interact with Newcomers, providing information and orientation services.
- Organizations also have Facebook groups, which can be made open, closed, or private in order to provide additional services to Newcomers.
- Settlement Practitioners create work-specific Facebook accounts to provide services, join work-related groups, and interact with Newcomers.
- Facebook can be used in Citizenship Preparation, Community Connections, Employment-related, Information and Orientation, Library Settlement Partnership, Settlement Workers in Schools, Pre-Arrival to help inform and engage with Newcomers on one of the largest social networks.
Facebook is free.
Ease of use & Accessibility
Easy to use.
According to Facebook, they have “features and technologies that help people with disabilities, such as vision loss and deafness, get the most out of Facebook.”
Facebook is mobile optimized and available through their Android and iOS apps.
Privacy/security features, including data security and message encryption
Common Sense Media has a useful Privacy Evaluation for Facebook. Additional information can be found on Facebook’s Privacy, Safety, and Security help articles.
Facebook can be used with different languages.