The BBC has criticized Facebook for failing to remove sexualized pictures of children from its platform. An investigation carried by the British public service broadcaster questions the Menlo Park social networking giant’s ability to monitor content on its platform for offensive behavior. The BBC found that closed Groups on the network were being used by pedophiles to share pictures of child exploitation.
According to Fortune, the British news channel says it asked the Internet giant for an interview about the issue. In 2016, the head of public policy at Facebook said that the company is committed to getting rid of content that should not be there. The company has since told the BBC it has improved its reporting system.
Damian Collins, chairman of the Commons media committee, said that he had grave doubts about the effectiveness of Facebook’s content moderation systems. The comments come after the British news organization reported dozens of pictures to the social network, but over 80 percent were reportedly not removed.
According to CNN, the social titan reported the BBC to the cops after they provided examples of obscene pictures of children posted in its platform. The majorly unusual episode was reported this week by the broadcasting corporation as part of a bigger probe into how the Zuckerberg-led social media company handles pictures of child exploitation on its platform.
The BBC flagged dozens of pages and photos on Facebook reportedly devoted to child pornography. The probe revealed that the company was failing to remove such pictures even after they were reported. Collins said that it raises questions of how users can effectively complain to the Internet firm about content that is disturbing.
According to Mashable, Facebook defended itself saying that it is against the law for anyone to distribute pictures of child exploitation. The social media juggernaut explained that when the British news organization sent them such photos, they followed their industry’s standard practice and reported them to Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP). It added that the matter is now in the hands of authorities.
The social networking giant said that all items deemed against its standards or illegal have now been removed. If the company has in fact removed all pieces of material originally reported to it by the British news organization, it suggests the content was illegal and calls into question the Internet firm’s moderation procedure.
Facebook’s content moderation system is under fire again for child safety failures. The British broadcaster specifically launched the probe to test the social network’s moderation processes, after last year’s investigations found the platform was being used by paedophiles to meet and exchange content. The Internet giant said that they take this matter very seriously and continue to improve their take-down measures.
By Anila Maring