- In this June 4, 2012 file photo, a girl looks at Facebook on
her computer in Palo Alto, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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is under fire for publishing a stomach-churning survey that asked
users whether pedophiles should be allowed to solicit “sexual
pictures” from underage girls.
cringeworthy poll surfaced at the top of Facebook’s home page for an
unspecified number of users this past weekend, according to a
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,” one
question in the survey reads.
disgusting multiple-choice poll gave users the option to condone the
sick behavior, allowing them to vote that the “content should be
allowed on Facebook, and I would not mind seeing it.”
possible, nausea-inducing response was that “the content should be
allowed on Facebook, but I don’t want to see it.”
twisted survey was spotted by an editor at the Guardian, who
published screenshots of it on
making it secret the best Facebook can offer here?” Jonathan Haynes
wrote as he tweeted out the “I don’t want to see it” response in the
poll. “Not, y’know, calling the police?”
another bone-headed question asked users who should decide whether
pedophilic content was allowed on Facebook — users, Facebook and
users, just Facebook or an outside entity.
Monday, the social networking giant headed by Mark Zuckerberg
admitted that it was a “mistake” to publish the survey, which
appeared to suggest that Facebook execs were openly debating whether
to allow pedophiles on the site.
run surveys to understand how the community thinks about how we set
policies,” Facebook vice president Guy Rosen said in response to
Haynes’ tweet. “But this kind of activity is and will always be
completely unacceptable on FB.”
a statement to The Post, Facebook said the survey has been taken
down since it refers to “offensive content that is already
prohibited on Facebook and that [they] have no intention of
have prohibited child grooming on Facebook since our earliest days,
we have no intention of changing this, and we regularly work with
the police to ensure that anyone found acting in such a way is
brought to justice,” Facebook said.
not the first time that the Palo Alto, Calif., company has found
itself in hot water regarding pedophilia on its platform.
Post’s John Crudele asked Facebook to take down a
pedophilia-friendly page on its network — but the company said it
couldn’t because it didn’t violate its terms of service. After one
user started a boycott of Facebook advertisers, the company
then signed a deal with the NY attorney general promising to help
develop software to detect the problem, Crudele reported.
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