Facebook flooded with ‘sextortion’ and revenge porn, files reveal

Facebook had to assess nearly 54,000 potential cases of revenge pornography and “sextortion” on the site in a single month, according to a leaked document.

Figures shared with staff reveal that in January Facebook had to disable more than 14,000 accounts related to these types of sexual abuse – and 33 of the cases reviewed involved children.

The company relies on users to report most abusive content, meaning the real scale of the problem could be much greater.
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/may/22/facebook-flooded-with-sextortion-and-revenge-porn-files-reveal

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'No grey areas': experts urge Facebook to change moderation policies
Facebook’s ethical standards should not be decided “behind closed doors”, the former chair of an influential parliamentary committee has said after the Guardian revealed the social media giant’s secret rules for moderating extreme content.

Yvette Cooper, chair of the home affairs select committee before parliament was dissolved for the upcoming election, said the files – used by Facebook to moderate violence, hate speech, terrorism, pornography, racism and self-harm – underlined a need for more transparency.
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/may/22/no-grey-areas-experts-urge-facebook-to-change-moderation-policies

How Facebook allows users to post footage of children being bullied
Facebook has only recently banned users from posting photos and images mocking people for having illnesses and other serious health conditions, the Guardian can reveal.

The company said the policy had changed in recent months but declined to give details.

Facebook responded after the Guardian presented it with examples from leaked internal documents advising moderators to ignore certain images mocking people with disabilities. The manuals included photos of people with Down’s syndrome.
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/may/22/how-facebook-allows-users-to-post-footage-of-children-being-bullied

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