Facebook publishing child pornography
• Social media giant apologises for refusing to remove images • Company could be prosecuted as jihadist posts also exposed
Facebook is at risk of a criminal prosecution in Britain for refusing to remove potentially illegal terrorist and child pornography content despite being told it was on the site, The Times can reveal.
The social media company failed to take down dozens of images and videos that were “flagged” to its moderators, including one showing an Islamic State beheading, several violently paedophilic cartoons, a video of an apparent sexual assault on a child and propaganda posters glorifying recent terrorist attacks in London and Egypt. Instead of removing the content, moderators said that the posts did not breach the site’s “community standards”.
Facebook’s algorithms even promoted some of the offensive material by suggesting that users join groups and profiles that had published it.