The US firm says it has improved this system since an investigation by the BBC last year, which led to one man being sent to prison for four years. “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. 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.”Anyone with concerns about child sexual abuse content online can report it to the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 The images included under-16s in sexualised poses, pages aimed at paedophiles and an image appearing to be taken from a child abuse video.Among the items not permitted under Facebook’s community standards is “sexually suggestive content”.When examples of the images were sent to Facebook to highlight the issue, the company instead reported the journalists who brought them to their attention to police for sharing the pictures.It subsequently issued a statement: “It is against the law for anyone to distribute images of child exploitation.”Mr Collins said it was extraordinary that journalists had been reported to the authorities when it was trying to “help clean up the network”.Facebook’s rules also forbid sex offenders from having accounts but five convicted paedophiles were found to have profiles which it failed to remove when it was brought to their attention, the BBC said.Mr Collins said: “I find it very disturbing, I find that content unacceptable.”I think it raises the question of how can users make effective complaints to Facebook about content that is disturbing, shouldn’t be on the site, and have confidence that that will be acted upon.” To test Facebook’s claim, the BBC used the report button to alert the company to 100 images which appeared to break its guidelines.They included pages explicitly for men with a sexual interest in children; images of children in highly sexualised poses and an image that appeared to be from a video of child abuse. Just 18 of the 100 images were removed.According to Facebook’s automated replies, the other 82 did not breach “community standards”. They included the apparent freeze frame.Facebook said it has since taken down all images referred to it which “were illegal or against our standards”.Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, said she was “very disappointed” by the revelations.While the NSPCC said: “Facebook’s failure to remove illegal content from its website is appalling and violates the agreements they have in place to protect children.”It also raises the question of what content they consider to be inappropriate and dangerous to children?”Increasing numbers of children are contacting Childline with concerns about disturbing content they are seeing online, so it’s vital systems are put in place so social media platforms cannot play by their own rules when it comes to the safety of children.”Simon Milner, Facebook’s Policy Director UK, told the Telegraph: “We have carefully reviewed the content referred to us and have now removed all items that were illegal or against our standards.”This content is no longer on our platform. We take this matter extremely seriously and we continue to improve our reporting and take-down measures. Facebook has been recognized as one of the best platforms on the internet for child safety. Among the images Facebook failed to remove was a still from a child abuse videoCredit:AP Facebook has come under fire for failing to remove sexualised pictures of children from its website – and then reporting the journalists who brought it to their attention to the police.Damian Collins, chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, expressed “grave doubts” over the social media giant’s moderation system.The issue came to light following a BBC investigation in which it used Facebook’s “report button” to highlight sexual images but found more than 80 per cent were not removed, with an automated response saying they did not breach “community standards”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
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