Facebook clearly states that “Nudity or other sexually suggestive content” is not allowed on Facebook. The international laws and Facebook does not support the child pornography or child abused images. Facebook encourages its users to report such activities using their report button. These reports are handled by an automated system in Facebook . According to a BBC news report, Facebook improved their system since an investigation by BBC last year.
However, recently a secrete Facebook group was found being used by pedophiles to meet and swap child sexual images. In the BBC news report, they also said that, they tested the claim of the improvements by reporting 100 images that violates Facebook guidelines. But only 18 were removed and others were not removed.
Facebook’s rules forbid convicted sex offenders from having accounts. But the BBC found five convicted pedophiles with profiles, and reported them to Facebook via its own system. None of them were taken down. Thus the ineffectiveness of so called report button doesn’t it raise the question of how users can effectively remove bad content from Facebook or if it is even possible?
In my experience, I have reported many images that violates Facebook guidelines and sometimes I get many people to report these posts and photos however, very few are taken down. About only 10% is effectively taken down. In 2016, we conducted a community event to take down an explicit Facebook page. The page is reported by more than 10,000 users and still the page is active in Facebook
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) also voiced concern.
“Facebook’s failure to remove illegal content from its website is appalling and violates the agreements they have in place to protect children,” said a spokeswoman.
“It also raises the question of what content they consider to be inappropriate and dangerous to children.”
Facebook later provided a statement.
“We have carefully reviewed the content referred to us and have now removed all items that were illegal or against our standards,” it said.
“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.”
It is against the law for anyone to distribute images of child exploitation.