Facebook is a household name for millions of people around the world who use it to make friends, share photos, and discuss common interests. But increasingly, those people include predators who use Facebook to share illicit images and videos of children.
Over two years ago, Men Against Prostitution and Trafficking (MENAPAT) began to uncover the massive amount of this illegal and abusive content on Facebook. In just one day, MENAPAT discovered over 1,400 illicit images of children on the Social Network.
This tragic content is found on Facebook through closed "groups," fake profiles, "special events," "interests," and "likes" created by predators who then trade and share extremely illicit images of abused children.
Despite the severity and prevalence of these illicit images on Facebook, the company has not implemented effective policies or procedures to block these crimes from taking place. Their current procedure is to allow these horrible images of children to be posted all day, every day. Then they rely on Facebook users - some only children themselves - to report the abuse, not to law enforcement, but to Facebook.
No matter what Facebook might be doing to address this dangerous situation, it is clearly not enough. In fact, speaking about illicit images of children on Facebook, the company's "Safety Team Leader" recently told MENAPAT, "there's plenty of it."
We will not allow Facebook to hide the fact that there is "plenty" of this often deadly content on their site. The only acceptable amount is zero.
It's time Facebook took the protection of children on their site seriously enough to share our zero tolerance policy. We demand they take responsibility for ending these crimes from ever taking place.
If change is going to happen, it's up to us. Our opinion is that Facebook cannot be trusted with the safety of our children.
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Men Against Prostitution And Trafficking
Men Against Prostitution and Human Trafficking (MENAPAT) is an Independent Expenditure-Only Political Action Committee (PAC) registered with the United States Federal Election Commission. Beyond that, MENAPAT is a growing network of all people who refuse to allow these crimes to continue.
- Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Sheryl Sandberg
- Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Mark Zuckerberg
As a Facebook user, I was appalled to learn that Facebook allows child pornography to be posted on their website all day, every day.
I was even more disturbed to learn that Facebook does not currently have a comprehensive or effective strategy to BLOCK these illegal images and videos. Rather, you simply allow it to happen and depend on Facebook users - some only children themselves - to report these crimes, not to law enforcement, but to Facebook itself, the very source of the problem.
I demand you BLOCK all child pornography from ever being posted on Facebook. Further, I demand that Facebook initiates a ZERO TOLERANCE Policy effectively PREVENTING this criminal content from ever appearing on the website.
Keeping children safe from sexual abuse should be a primary concern for Facebook as a responsible, ethical, publicly traded, and law-abiding company. Therefore, I DEMAND that Facebook devotes sufficient financial, technological, and personnel resources necessary to PREVENT these images, videos, links and profiles from ever being posted on Facebook again.
As a Facebook user, I must DEMAND you to take these steps immediately. By refusing to take action to address child pornography on Facebook, the company will be implicated in the facilitation of this heinous crime, and thus alienate millions of users.
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