April 17, 2013

Facebook – Step Up on Porn, Not Just Privacy

Attorneys General work with Facebook on privacy concerns, still weak on keeping site clean

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 17, 2013) – Morality in Media applauds Facebook for teaming up with the National Association of Attorneys General to educate on privacy concerns, but this is not enough in the face of widespread distribution of adult and child pornography on the site. Children and families are affected by the harms of pornography every day, including violence, addiction, sex trafficking, and abuse. Facebook currently relies primarily on users to report inappropriate content and then often takes days to remove this even potentially illegal content.

“It is so important that Facebook focus not just on privacy concerns but also rid its site of all sexually-exploitative content. They need to work with law enforcement to target those who distribute illegal pornography or engage in sex trafficking on the site,” said Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director of Morality in Media. “Facebook made our Dirty Dozen List of top pornography facilitators since they have the resources to stem these growing problems but choose not to do so.”

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