Facebook criticised over failure to remove child porn images

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Facebook has been accused of failing to remove sexually explicit images of children from its site.

As part of an investigation, the BBC said it used Facebook’s ‘report button’ to flag 100 indecent images of children but only 18 of the images were removed from the site.

Regarding the 82 images that remained, journalists from the BBC were then sent an automated notification from Facebook saying the images did not breach its ‘community standards’.

The BBC said the reported images included photos of children in sexualisted poses and pages aimed at pedophphiles. There was even an image that appeared to be taken from a child abuse video.

If that wasn’t bad enough, when the BBC sent examples of the images to Facebook, the social media giant then reported the journalists to the police for sharing the indecent images, the BBC reported.

The BBC also claimed that Facebook failed to remove the profiles of five convicted pedophiles.

As a result, Damian Collins, chairman of the UK’s Culture, Media and Sport Committee said he had “grave doubts” at Facebook’s ability to be able to moderate content.

“I find it very disturbing, I find that content unacceptable, Mr Collins said.

“I think it raises the question of how can users make effective complaints to Facebook about content that is disturbing, shouldn’t be on the site, and have confidence that that will be acted upon.”

Simon Milner, Facebook’s policy director for the UK said that following a review all items that of content that were illegal or in breach of the company’s community standards had been removed.

“It is against the law for anyone to distribute images of child exploitation. When the BBC sent us such images we followed our industry’s standard practice and reported them to CEOP,” he said.

“We also reported the child exploitation images that had been shared on our own platform. This matter is now in the hands of the authorities.”

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