Facebook allowed underage users, extreme content on site, investigation finds

Facebook moderators accused of turning blind eye to under-age accounts

In the documentary, Facebook's Vice President of Global Policy, Richard Allan, said: "You've identified some areas where we've failed, and I'm here today to apologize for those failings".

"There is a minority who are prepared to abuse our systems and other internet platforms to share the most offensive kind of material", the former Liberal Democrat MP said. Facebook had said that it would eventually remove Robinson's page if the site's community standards were violated repeatedly.

The team sent an undercover reporter to work for Facebook for seven weeks, taking part in their training programme, and revealing some rather disturbing policies when it came to questionable content.

As far as third-party content moderation is concerned, the findings and statements collected from CPL Resources employees are damning, and run counter to Allan's stance.

Equally telling is one moderators response as to why they were not banned.

Mark Zuckerberg's former mentor has claimed Facebook permits unsafe content because it is like "crack cocaine" for web users.

Mr McNamee said: "It's the really extreme, really unsafe form of content that attracts the most highly engaged people on the platform".

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Chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said in January that Facebook had to do better to stem the spread of hate speech and attempts to manipulate voters via the social network.

However, Business Insider noted it could still find a version of the video on Facebook.

One moderator is recorded saying: "If you start censoring too much then people stop using the platform. It's all about making money at the end of the day", an unnamed Facebook moderator allegedly told the filmmakers.

An undercover reporter who worked for six weeks at Cpl Resources - Facebook's largest centre for moderating United Kingdom content - also found that extremists with large numbers of followers would be treated with special consideration, like governments and news organisations. At its high point, Britain First's now-banned page boasted around two million likes, and was, according to anti-fascist organization Hope Not Hate, the "second most liked Facebook page in the politics and society category in the United Kingdom - after the royal family".

Facebook moderators were instructed not to remove extreme, abusive or graphic content from the platform even when it violated the company's guidelines, an undercover investigation has found. It said it was investigating why moderators acted as they did.

Being "shielded" means a page is under Facebook's "shielded review", according to the TV report.

"While this process was previously referred to as "shield", or shielded review, we changed the name to "Cross Check" in May to more accurately reflect the process", the company said. That's opened the door for hate speech, violent videos and Facebook pages from far-right groups to persist over the social networking site, even as the content can violate company policies.

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