April 13, 2017
Facebook is in hot water in the U.K. for not removing questionable content from its site.
According to The Times newspaper, the social network “is at risk of committing a criminal offence” for failure to remove “potentially illegal terrorist and child porn content,” despite the site’s moderators being told of the issue.
The accusations come after a Times reporter created a fake Facebook account in order to find inappropriate or even illegal content.
For instance, according to the publication, Facebook did not remove several flagged images and videos, one of which depicted an Islamic State beheading. Other images were “violent paedophilic cartoons, a video of an apparent sexual assault on a child and propaganda posters glorifying recent terrorist attacks in London and Egypt.”
The social media site’s algorithms also promoted inappropriate content by suggesting its members join groups and profiles that had published the images and videos.
Facebook moderators said the posts did not violate its “community standards,” according to the report.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.