As the largest social media platform in the world, Facebook offers an unparalleled platform for people from around the world to connect. Unfortunately, that applies to cybercriminals, too — even those who would traffic in child exploitation. Facebook understands the severity of this problem, and has introduced many different cutting-edge security measures to ensure this content is detected before it’s even posted. However, according to a study conducted by the nonprofit investigative group Tech Transparency Project (TPP), Facebook has still failed to stop hundreds of cases of child exploitation over the past six years.
According to the report, TPP found at least 366 cases of child exploitation on Facebook between 2013 and 2019. Of those, only nine percent were reported to authorities by Facebook. The rest were investigated by law enforcement without Facebook’s help. In other words, Facebook could be doing a lot more to combat this horrific issue.
“The data shows Facebook is not doing as much as it should to address this very serious problem affecting many lives in this country,” TPP executive director Daniel Stevens said.
To its credit, Facebook seems to understand the gravity of the issue, and it knows it must step up its protective measures. But it’s still disheartening to see how much room for improvement remains.
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