A BBC investigation into Facebook’s failure to remove inappropriate images of children from its site landed the media company in some hot water recently.
The media giant contacted the social networking firm to report it had discovered “dozens” of sexualized or improper photos of children, including one showing child abuse.
When 80 percent of the images were not removed, the BBC asked Facebook for an interview about how it moderates content on its site.
Facebook director of policy Simon Milner agreed to an interview, but only if the BBC “provided examples of the material that it had reported, but had not been removed by moderators.”
When the BBC complied, Facebook’s response was to report the company to the police for distributing child porn.
The social network defended reporting the BBC to the U.K.’s National Crime Agency in a statement:
“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]. We also reported the child exploitation images that had been shared on our own platform. This matter is now in the hands of the authorities.”
Commons media committee chairman Damian Collins called Facebook’s actions “extraordinary” because the BBC was trying to help Facebook “clean up their network, from material that shouldn’t be there.”
The BBC used the report button to report 100 images that it believed to be inappropriate, but Facebook removed only 18 of them.
Facebook said it has reviewed the content the BBC sent and “all items that were illegal or against our standards” were removed. Apparently the remaining 82 images did not breach the network’s community standards.
BBC’s report on the matter can be read here.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.