Facebook is apologizing for a disgusting survey asking users if they would condone pedophiles requesting sexually explicit photographs from 14-year-old girls.
After outrage from users for not providing any options to alert law enforcement authorities, Facebook is scrambling to pull back the survey.
On Sunday, the social media giant ran a survey asking users how they would handle Facebook’s policies in terms of underage children being exploited by pedophiles.
One question in the survey asked respondents how they would handle an adult male asking a 14-year-old girl for sexual pictures on Facebook.
A second question asked users who they believe should serve as the arbitrator in cases where adult men prey on underage girls.
Check out a screenshot below of the Facebook questionnaire to users:
The survey did not include an option regarding notifying law enforcement officials or child protective services about the disturbing and dangerous situation.
The strictest option Facebook allowed involved reporting the pedophile to Facebook, who has the power to literally do nothing if a pedophile was identified.
After mounting criticism and extreme outrage from users, Yvette Cooper stepped in and condemned the survey.
The European MP and chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee called the survey “stupid and irresponsible.”
Adult men sending and/or requesting sexually explicit documents is currently against the law in a vast majority of nations. So why is Facebook refusing to allow users to report that to the police?
Instead, the social media network wants users to simply “report” the incident to them, which likely won’t prevent a young child from being harmed or abused by an adult.
“We run surveys to understand how the community thinks about how we set policies,” he said. “But this kind of activity is and will always be completely unacceptable on FB. We regularly work with authorities if identified. It shouldn’t have been part of this survey. That was a mistake.”
Facebook tried to downplay the severity of pedophilia and the sick practice of abusing young children, and it backfired badly.
Many would agree that if a dangerous situation occurs involving a child, the police should handle the case — not Facebook.
Source: The Guardian