Reporters Investigated Facebook's Child Abuse Photos; Facebook Reported Them For Child Abuse Photos
Right now, the big controversy over at Facebook is how the site should deal with hate speech. There's still debate about this because we're talking here about content that's legal, content that no one has the right to stop you from sticking in a book or something. But what then about stuff there's no debate about because everyone agrees it's unacceptable? You know, the worst stuff. Kiddie stuff.
Yeah, there are photos of child abuse and child exploitation on Facebook, and if you report seeing them, Facebook says they'll remove those images right away. But do Facebook remove them right away? Or do their moderators leave it, possibly because they have instructions to err on the side of encouraging every possible kind of engagement? The BBC stepped forward to investigate, and reporters found and reported a bunch of images and then sat back to see what came next. Usually (over 80% of the time) it seemed the reported images stayed up.
The BBC's Angus Crawford confronted Facebook about this. Their site was being used by pedophiles -- or as they're known overseas, paedophiles -- and why weren't they doing anything? The site's director of policy, Simon Milner, agreed to give an interview on the subject, but Crawford would have to first bring examples of the problem images to back up their claims. Crawford did so. And so Facebook filed a report against the BBC with the UK's National Crime Agency. The grounds? BBC was distributing child-exploiting images.
"Also, those blokes in the morgue have a bunch of dead bodies. Sickos, the lot of them."
"It is against the law for anyone to distribute images of child exploitation," Facebook said in a statement, and when pressed further, they doubled down, saying they were legally bound to report the images ... that were taken from their own site ... and that they had asked for. And oh yeah, having received the photos and got a chance to call in Scotland Yard, Facebook canceled the interview, just in case there was any possibility they were on the side of transparency. For what it's worth, British police did not arrest Angus Crawford because the whole world is not insane. Unfortunately, things are going to get darker for our truth-telling heroes as this article continues ...
Trump Allegedly Hid Being Broke By Blackmailing Forbes With A False Gay Threesome Story
We apologize to inform you that we're going to be talking about Donald Trump today. Specifically about his finances, a subject Trump takes immense pride in and also sued all the way to the Supreme Court to keep secret. Trump being shady about how much money he has isn't some new mode he switched to when he went into politics. As early as 1990, he claimed to be a billionaire, but Forbes took a look at his debts and concluded that he actually had a net worth rather less than a billion, and also rather less than zero. They planned to expose this in a cover story titled "Is Trump Broke?"