Facebook apologizes for suggesting child sex videos in search

Facebook apologizes for suggesting child sex videos in search
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Facebook apologized after briefly suggesting offensive and sexual search terms to users on Thursday night.

The social media platform temporarily suggested clips of sexual acts involving minors when users entered the search term "videos of."

Social media users began posting screenshots of the offensive and illegal search terms on Twitter.

Shortly after users began complaining about the search results, they stopped appearing in Facebook’s suggested searches.

Facebook apologized and said it is looking into the matter.

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“As soon as we became aware of these offensive predictions we removed them. Facebook search predictions are representative of what people may be searching for on Facebook and are not necessarily reflective of actual content on the platform,” the company said in a statement.

“We do not allow sexually explicit imagery, and we are committed to keeping such content off of our site.”

Earlier this month, Facebook faced another controversy after a survey question for users asked if adults should be allowed to solicit sexual images from children on its platform.

The company said that it was a mistake and that such actions are banned on its platform.

Other tech companies have also dealt with controversy over their autocomplete results. In 2016, Google faced criticism for showing autofill results with offensive terms for women and minorities. Wired found that as of February of this year, Google’s results still prompted users with offensive messages.