Facebook accused of violating decency over abusive content


Facebook has been accused of “overt breaches of fundamental decency” after its Dublin-based moderators were told not to remove some extreme, abusive or graphic content.

When dealing with a graphic violent post, moderators are told that they have three options — to ignore it, delete it or mark it as disturbing, which places restrictions on who can see the content.

Clips showing the “repeated kicking, beating or slapping of a child or an animal by an adult”, “the inflicting of a burn or a cut wound by an adult” or “the tossing, rotating or shaking of an infant too young to stand by their wrists, ankles, legs, arms or neck” are not taken down. Instead they are marked as “disturbing child abuse” and remain accessible…

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