Facebook slow to remove suggestive images of children: report

Facebook slow to remove suggestive images of children: report
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Facebook was slow to remove flagged suggestive images of children posted to the site, according to a new BBC report.

The British media outlet says that it flagged 100 sexualized pictures of children to Facebook, but the company only removed 18. Some of the images the BBC provided to Facebook came from groups where members discussed pedophilia.


The full list of images the BBC sent to the social media company included pages for men with a clear sexual interest in children, images of children in sexualized poses alongside lewd comments, groups with stolen images of children and a screenshot from a video depicting "child abuse" with a request to share child pornography.

According to Facebook’s automated replies, 82 of the reported images didn't violate the company’s community standards.

The BBC also found five convicted sex offenders with profiles on the website, a violation of Facebook’s rules. The British media outlet also reported the profiles, which were not initially taken down.

The BBC claimed that after journalists involved gave these images to Facebook, the company reported them to the police and canceled a scheduled interview. Facebook then issued a statement reading, "It is against the law for anyone to distribute images of child exploitation.”

When asked for a statement in regards to the BBC report, a Facebook spokesperson told The Hill that they “carefully reviewed the content” sent to Facebook and “have now removed all items that were illegal or against our standards.”

“This content is no longer on our platform. We take this matter extremely seriously and we continue to improve our reporting and take-down measures,” the spokesperson said.

“When the BBC sent us such images we followed our industry’s standard practice and reported them to CEOP. 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.”