FB thinks that it's perfectly reasonable for adults to ask kids for nude and sexual pictures.
On Sunday, the social network ran a survey for some users asking how they thought the company should handle grooming behaviour.
“There are a wide range of topics and behaviours that appear on Facebook,” one question began. “In thinking about an ideal world where you could set Facebook’s policies, how would you handle the following: a private message in which an adult man asks a 14-year-old girl for sexual pictures.”
The options available to respondents ranged from “this content should not be allowed on Facebook, and no one should be able to see it” to “this content should be allowed on Facebook, and I would not mind seeing it”.
A second question asked who should decide the rules around whether or not the adult man should be allowed to ask for such pictures on Facebook.
Options available included “Facebook users decide the rules by voting and tell Facebook” and “Facebook decides the rules on its own”. In neither survey question did Facebook allow users to indicate that law enforcement or child protection should be involved in the situation: the strictest option allowed involved turning to the social network as arbiter.
Only after the "survey" became public, did FB Facebook scrapped the survey. It now says the survey could have been better "designed" and has issued an apology for it.
This is not the first time FB has been busted promoting pedofile content on its website.
An investigation by the BBC in 2016 uncovered numerous private Facebook groups by and for men with a sexual interest in children to share images, with one run by a convicted pedophile. Photos of children taken from their parents' Facebook accounts have also been found on pedophile sites.
Facebook faced criticism again in 2017 when the BBC flagged dozens of images and pages containing child pornography. Of the 100 reported images,18 were removed by Facebook, according to the BBC.
Instead of removing the reported images, FB sent the police on the BBC journalists, claiming they were responsible for the pedofile content on its website.
Seriously, WTF is wrong with this company that it thinks that online pedofelia is ok and only if users complain about it it should be prohibited?