Social media platform, Facebook, mistakenly asked some users if they thought the company should allow illegal, sexualized content from teenagers on the platform. More so, some questions involved whether the platform should allow posts from child sexual predators and violent extremists. Facebook has since pulled the surveys after they were spotted by a media outlet.
Several screenshots have made their way online where the bizarre wording can be seen.
“In thinking about an ideal world where you could set Facebook’s policies, how would you handle the following: a private message in which an adult man asks a 14 year old girl for sexual pictures.”
The question was accompanied by several response choices such as allowing the content on the platform with the users not minding it, allowing the content but with users not wanting to see it, banning the content, and not having any preference on this topic.
Facebook vice president of product, Guy Rosen, later tweeted that those questions were a mistake and should not have been part of the survey.
We run surveys to understand how the community thinks about how we set policies. But this kind of activity is and will always be completely unacceptable on FB. We regularly work with authorities if identified. It shouldn’t have been part of this survey. That was a mistake.
— Guy Rosen (@guyro) March 4, 2018
The company’s decision to release the surveys and then pull them once they were discovered, is the latest in a series of recent mishaps by Facebook.
In February, the company reportedly blocked the account of an Ethiopian political activist who was documenting his country’s fragile state, then restored it. The company was later forced to apologize after the activist’s supporters protested on social media.
As for the latest flip-flop, the company offered an additional statement in which they claim to have no intention of changing the ban on child grooming, a ban which was reportedly implemented since the company’s “earliest days”.
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