Physical abuse of children can be online, despite the exposure of Facebook

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Facebook is considering to allow showing the content of child physical abuse to be online within “a certain period” after a dispute about the moderation policy Content.

It comes as the government faces growing pressure to create the office of Commissioner for digital security in an attempt to regulate social media company.

Two top-managers of Facebook are faced with tough questions at a meeting of the parliamentary Committee of communications after undercover exposé found serious deficiencies in training content moderators.

After the program it became clear that the policy process itself allows the material showing child physical abuse to remain online in the quest to identify children at risk.

Niamh Sweeney, head of public policy of Facebook in Ireland, admitted, had “serious deficiencies” in its policies around such content “which is that we were not closing the loop effectively”.

The company met with police this week in the framework of its policy review.


Screen taken from Parliament TV Executive Facebook Niamh Sweeney, Head of public policy of Facebook in Ireland, appearing before the joint Committee of Parliament on communications, activities, climate and the environment in Dublin. Photo: Parliament TV/PA

Mrs. Sweeney said one of the options under consideration, if such content will be made for a limited period of time, before it was demolished.

The Chairman of the Committee, Hildegarde Naughton said that the matter of law enforcement, who should have control in this area, noting that it was not necessary that the act of Facebook as the sole arbiter of what can and cannot be online.

The Committee also heard that the era of self-regulation for social media companies.

Facebook stated that it agrees the necessary regulation.

TD Timmy Dooley party suggested Content such as “cocaine” for users, and even if they were outraged by it they are still engaged with it.

However, Facebook has categorically denied the suggestion that he was in their commercial interests to carry or graphic content on the website.

Legislation that will enable the office of the Commissioner for digital security, established by the face of a detailed study in the fall.

The Committee will also write to the Minister of communications Denis Naughten to impress the need to continue the account.

The Committee will now seek a meeting with European Commissioner for digital economy and society, Mariya Ivanova Gabriel, and others at the European level to promote European legislative response.

MS Naughton said she wanted to see “regulator with teeth”.

Eamon Ryan of the green party TD also called on the company to find a new business model. He noted that users of Facebook and their data was the product and that it needs to be recycled.

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