Facebook has absolutely no problem censoring political news at the drop of a dime, yet for years they have had ongoing issues with child pornography and exploitation on their platform, and while they claim they are doing everything they can to address it, it appears they are more worried about limiting President Trump's "reach" than they are protecting children being exploited on their site.
FB CARES MORE ABOUT POLITICAL CENSORSHIP THAN PROTECTING CHILDREN
Two articles dated March 5, 2018 came to my attention this morning and looking at them side by side gives a clear view of where Facebook's priorities lay.
The first was over at American Thinker, which shows that Facebook has spent a considerable effort to cave to liberal pressure to limit President Trump's "reach," meaning the amount of people the President can reach using the social media platform, where we see that after Facebook "tweaked" their algorithms, the President's reach declined by 45 percent in a one month period.
Breitbart provides comparison graphs showing that Trump's decline in reach has not effected other politicians, such as Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren, who basically stayed the same and in Warren's case actually rose by a fraction during the same month after Facebook changed its algorithm.
So after a year of pressure applied to Facebook by liberals for "allowing" him to win the election, Facebook was able to manipulate its algorithms so that it cut off half of President Trump's reach, without affecting liberal politicians in the same manner.
Yet for years Facebook has a far more pressing problem that somehow it hasn't been able to address and in fact seems to be promoting if their latest "survey" to users is anything to go by, as it asks users if it is alright for a grown man to solicit sexual images from a 14 year old girl.
Yes, you read that correctly, that is the other March 5, 2018 article referenced above, via the Guardian. The first question in the survey asked "There are a wide range of topics and behaviors that appear on Facebook. 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 answer options starts with "This content should be allowed on Facebook, and I would not mind seeing it." The second option is "This content should be allowed on Facebook, but I don't want to see it." The third option states "This content should not be allowed on Facebook, and no one should be able to see it." The last was "I have no preference on this topic."
The second question of the survey is "When thinking about the rules for deciding whether a private message in which an adult man asks a 14 year old girl for sexual pictures should or should not be allowed on Facebook, ideally who do you think should be deciding the rules?" Options for the answers are; 1) Facebook decides the rules on its own; 2) Facebook decides the rules with advice from external experts; 3) External experts decide the rules and tell Facebook; 4) Facebook users decide the rules by voting and tell Facebook, and ; 5) I have no preference.
Note that not one of the answer options includes simply applying the law, as Yvette Cooper MP, chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee is quoted as highlighting in response to this "irresponsible survey."
Yvette Cooper MP, chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, condemned the survey. “This is a stupid and irresponsible survey,” she said. “Adult men asking 14-year-olds to send sexual images is not only against the law, it is completely wrong and an appalling abuse and exploitation of children. I cannot imagine that Facebook executives ever want it on their platform but they also should not send out surveys that suggest they might tolerate it or suggest to Facebook users that this might ever be acceptable.”
Facebook claims the surveys were a "mistake," with the vice president of product, Guy Rosen, claiming "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." A Facebook spokesperson also weighed in on the surveys, claiming "We understand this survey refers to offensive content that is already prohibited on Facebook and that we have no intention of allowing so have stopped the survey. We have prohibited child grooming on Facebook since our earliest days; we have no intention of changing this and we regularly work with the police to ensure that anyone found acting in such a way is brought to justice."
I call BS, because Facebook has a long history of their platform being used for child exploitation, the most recent example of them not policing their own services to protect children came in February 2018, when a child pornography went viral on their messenger app. The video depict a grown man having sex with a 6 year old.
The Facebook users were sharing it in the hopes of trying to identify the pedophile or the child, but Facebook, who is able to censor political content on a whim, couldn't seem to remove or prevent it from being shared, and instead eventually offered recommendation to contact authorities if they saw it and report it to Facebook, and to report it to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Then they offer the following recommendation: "DO NOT share, download or comment on the content: It can be criminal to share or send messages with photos and videos of children being sexually abused and exploited. You won't be asked to provide a copy of the content in any report to Facebook."
Emphasis mine because part of Facebook's history of allowing child exploitation to stay up on their platform, also includes Facebook doing that very thing.
Back in March 2017, BBC reported on the results of an investigation they conducted into Facebook and the failure of their automated reporting system in removing child porn and child exploitation images. They reported dozens of images of sexualized children that were found on Facebook, resulting in 80 percent of them not being removed after being reported. "They included images from groups where users were discussing swapping what appeared to be child abuse material."
The US firm says it has improved this system since an investigation by the BBC last year.
That found "secret" groups were being used by paedophiles to meet and swap images.
Information the BBC provided to the police led to one man being sent to prison for four years.
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 under-16s in highly sexualised poses, with obscene comments posted beside them
• groups with names such as "hot xxxx schoolgirls" containing stolen images of real children
• an image that appeared to be a still from a video of child abuse, with a request below it to share "child pornography"
Of the 100 images only 18 were removed.
BBC also reported at the time that "According to Facebook's automated replies, the other 82 did not breach 'community standards'. They included the apparent freeze frame."
It got much worse after that as Facebook agreed to speak with a BBC reporter about its moderation system in 2015, when FB's director of policy Simon Milner said he would sit down with BBC on the condition that BBC provide them with examples of material they had reported but was not removed from the platform.
BBC complied. Facebook cancelled the interview then reported the journalist to the UK's National Crime Agency for "distributing" images of child exploitation.
"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].
Just one month later, Facebook was in the news again for allowing "child pornography content" and terrorist activity on their platform, this time exposed by The Times UK:
The social media company failed to take down dozens of images and videos that were “flagged” to its moderators, including one showing an Islamic State beheading, several violent paedophilic cartoons, a video of an apparent sexual assault on a child and propaganda posters glorifying recent terrorist attacks in London and Egypt. Instead of removing the content, moderators said that the posts did not breach the site’s “community standards”.
Facebook’s algorithms even promoted some of the offensive material by suggesting that users join groups and profiles that had published it.
Facebook is not only with allowing people to prey on children. Look over at YouTube, who has been purging conservatives at an exponential rate lately, and we see that a channel, Queer Kids Stuff, that admits to targeting children as young as three years old, to indoctrinate them into the LGBT lifestyle, has been allowed to stay up for over a year.
PEDOPHILIA REGULARLY PROMOTED BY LIBERALS
Pedophilia and child exploitation is not just a Facebook and YouTube problem, but more of a liberal agenda to normalize child exploitation and pedophilia, as we have noted over the years a push by the left to actively promote the practice.
For example in September 2015, Salon published an article, which it later removed, titled "I'm a pedophile, but not a monster." In 2014 The New York Times published an article titled "Pedophilia: A Disorder, Not a Crime," claiming pedophiles are not responsible for their actions and do not have the ability to stop themselves. Breitbart highlights four times the media completely ignore leftists comments about child molestation and/or pedophilia.
Just last night at the Oscars, the so-called "comedian" Jimmy Kimmel made a statement that pretty much lets everyone know that liberals are only upset about child exploitation or molestation if it politically benefits them, when he was talking about a movie titled "Call Me By Your Name," the story of an older gay man who seduces and "educates" a young boy, when he went on to state "Only two of the best picture movies made more than $100 million. That's not the point. We don't make films for money. We make them to upset Mike Pence."
Now think about that for a second..... Kimmel is implying that Mike Pence, who has been open about his religious beliefs, and only people like Pence are "upset" about child molestation, pedophilia or exploitation.
It is a mindset among those that consider themselves far-left "progressive" liberals, which includes those who run Facebook, Google/YouTube, that anything goes sexually and should be normalized, treated as a disorder but not a crime, despite the long-lasting effects such behavior has on the victims, unless of course the "accusation," with or without any proof provided, can be used against a member of the opposing party.
Despite Facebook's apology for their new survey which they have stopped running after it was publicly exposed, their denials and claims of protecting children are countered by the long history they have of not doing so.
If they can tweak an algorithm to censor the President's posts for 45 percent of his audience in just one month, how is it that they have had a child pornography and child exploitation problem for years, yet they "can't" get it under control?
Appears to many that they are prioritizing their political ideology over the safety, well-being and protection of children.
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