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Facebook is ‘wrong’ over offensive posts

FACEBOOK came under fire from Labour’s Yvette Cooper yesterday after it emerged the company follows a policy of allowing some child abuse images to remain on its site.

The social media giant’s moderation of graphic content is ‘very wrong’ and must urgently change, the former Cabinet minister said.

Leaked guidelines show Facebook staff are told not to routinely remove images of non-sexual child abuse as leaving them publicly available could lead to victims being rescued.

But Ms Cooper, who chaired the home affairs select committee during the last parliament, said: ‘In most cases, sharing vile and violent images of violence and child abuse simply perpetuates the humiliation and abuse of a child. Images should be given to the police and removed. Facebook are getting this wrong.’

The documents, leaked to the Guardian, also show posts wishing death on people are only removed if seen as a credible threat.

The message ‘someone shoot Trump’ would be taken down but ‘Trump should die’ might not.

Facebook said: ‘We’re going to make it simpler to report problems, faster for reviewers to determine which posts violate our standards and easier for them to contact the law.’