Facebook Reported BBC For Child Porn

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Facebook reported BBC journalists for child porn to U.K. authorities. The unusual incident happened after BBC reported some child pornography on the website. The news network tried to secure an interview with Facebook. The social media network requested that before the interview, BBC must provide the images. After receiving the images from BBC, Facebook turned around and called the police on the journalists.

Facebook reported BBC for sending explicit images which the social site requested

The bizarre turn of events started after BBC started its investigation on how Facebook handles child exploitation on its network. BBC published a long-running report on Facebook’s management on child pornography. The network’s report elaborated on how secret Facebook groups are able to use and share images among pedophiles. The worst part is the fact that some of the members of were registered sex offenders.

The report fleshed out how the illegal behavior goes under the radar even though it is against Facebook’s terms of use. BBC’s investigation started in 2015. The journalists from BBC found groups that share sexually explicit images of minors. They also found Facebook pages targeted to men with sexual interest for children. The journalists also found images of children under the age of 16 in sexual poses. BBC also uncovered a Facebook group called ‘hot xxx schoolgirls.’

BBC reported the pages, groups, and images through Facebook’s report button. The journalists requested an interview with a Facebook executive after discovering that the site only removed 18 out of the 100 images which they flagged.

BBC wanted to know why 80 percent of the obscene and explicit images are still up. Thy scheduled an interview with Simon Milner, Facebook director of policy. Before the interview, Facebook sent out some conditions to BBC. One of the conditions asked BBC to share the images which had not been reviewed.

Facebook under fire for its unusual response to BBC’s investigation

The strange twist happened once BBC sent the images when Facebook turned to U.K.’s National Crime Agency. Moreover, the social networking site canceled the interview with BBC. Facebook’s statement said, “It is against the law for anyone to distribute images of child exploitation. When the BBC sent us such images we followed our industry’s standard practice and reported them to CEOP [Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre].”

The report became huge than it once was. Facebook did not comment on its peculiar actions. Reports suggested that Facebook tried to dodge a recorded interview about its issues. Another reason might be the worry of Facebook employees for possessing the images and decided to report it as soon as they received it.
Whatever Facebook’s reason is, the recent fiasco with BBC will continue to tarnish the site’s ability to monitor its huge network. The social media site had been on fire after it failed to prevent fake news from spreading on the site.

Source: BBC, Gizmodo

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