February 2013, and Facebook are still no closer to having a report option for content found on their site pertaining to Child Abuse Material. We are expected to report it using options such as..
- Spam or scam
- Graphic violence
- Hate speech or symbol
- Nudity or pornography
Imagery of a child being abused is NOT nudity or porn. It's a crime scene.
They are the evidence depicting children as being victims of a serious crime and possibly in need of help, and why victim identiﬁcation is so important.
When content as sensitive and horrific as this is submitted, it needs experienced people ready to deal with reports. People who.....
* who are able to remove content as soon as it's possible.
(understandably take down time, will vary, depending on content)
* who are able to analyse what has been reported
* who can determine if the content is illegal, and if so
* who are able to trace where it appears to be located
Facebook as the leading social networking site, should also take the lead in helping combat online sexual exploitation of children. In the UK alone, the number of people accessing illegal images has risen 48% in four years, with up to 35,000 indecent images of children were being found daily.
Facebook needs a function, that stands apart from the "normal" report process, with child sexual abuse reports being submitted straight to a dedicated online reporting system.
INHOPE, for example, some one like this is ideal, they respond to reports already and have a network of 43 Hotlines in 37 countries. Facebook could provide a secure mechanism for it's users to click, which would link directly to the online report form, ensuring the content is investigated.
Facebook needs a report function, specific to "Child Abuse Material" (sexual imagery of children) that links directly to a dedicated "hotline" report system with trained, experienced staff. If Facebook were to implement this tool, it would ensure that any content reported, IS investigated, IS passed to the relevant LEA and the Internet Service Provider hosting the original content IS notified.
Behind every image, there is an exploited, abused and helpless child. It's not just an indecent image, it's a crime scene with a real victim.
Thank you all in advance for your support