Facebook failed to remove dozens of instances of extremist and child pornography
Facebook allegedly failed to eliminate extremist posts that were reported
Facebook neglected to remove dozens of examples of extremist and child pornography even following the social network's moderators were informed of the possibly illegal content, an investigation by The Times revealed on Thursday.
Utilizing a fake profile last month, set up, a Times journalist asked site moderators to remove them, and found images and videos glorifying Islamic State and recent fatal attacks in Egypt and London, together with graphical images of child abuse.
Facebook moderators removed some of the reported images but left unaffected pro-jihadist posts praising recent attacks and calling for brand new ones. The business appeared to take actions as reporting a story on the problem only after The Times identified itself.
Facebook could be exposed by failure to remove content that is prohibited under British law after company officials have been notified of its existence to criminal prosecution for the role in supporting the publication and distribution of such imagery.
The social media giant faces new laws in nations around the world to drive it to move quicker to battle content that is illegal, but it has struggled to keep pace as illicit posts can reappear as fast as they can be identified and taken down.
A Facebook spokesman said the company had now removed all of the pictures identified by the Times as possibly illegal, admitting that they "violate our policies and haven't any position on Facebook."
"We are sorry that this happened," Facebook Vice President of Operations Justin Osofsky said in a statement. "It is clear that we can do better, and we'll continue to work hard to live up to the high standards people rightly expect of Facebook.”
A spokesman for London's Metropolitan Police called for individuals to report extremist content to it via a web-based form. It declined to comment on whether it was investigating if when notified of the prohibited content Facebook failed to act.