Meta: documents reveal serious lack of interest in protecting children

The duo children e Web, it is something extremely delicate. In this sense, i social network are implementing restrictive policies to prevent younger users from coming into contact with content that is not suitable for their age.

What emerged from some documents, made public as part of a lawsuit brought by the New Mexico Department of Justice against MetaHowever, it goes in the opposite direction.

From what appears, the company Mark Zuckerberg not only did he have no qualms about posting ads on children’s platforms, he was fully aware of the sheer volume of inappropriate content e sexually explicit shared between adult and minor users.

The documentation, published yesterday, highlights how several employees have raised the issue internally within the company. Meta would have recognized the problem, without however giving priority to combating these phenomena. In some cases, it appears that the platform has directly blocked the security features for the little ones, as they are considered unprofitable from an economic point of view.

A hunting “territory” destination for sexual predators? Here is the company’s response

The situation appears quite serious, as highlighted by a statement from the New Mexico Attorney General Raul Torrez to the site TechCrunch. For Torrez, in fact, Meta and Zuckerberg allowed sexual predators to reach children.

Not only that: the integration of crittografia end-to-end per Messenger could make this situation worse. Torrez highlighted how Meta has failed to combat child exploitation on its platform and that encryption without adequate safeguards would further endanger minors.

The Attorney General underlined how “Meta executives, including Zuckerberg, have consistently made decisions that put growth above the safety of children. While the company continues to downplay the illegal and harmful activities that minors are exposed to on its platforms, internal data and Meta presentations show that the problem is serious and pervasive“.

The ongoing lawsuit against Meta services as Instagram e Facebook claims that these places have become a sort of market for predators, with Meta not being effective even in the case of reporting illegal material.

However, the company’s response, again to TechCrunch, tends to downplay the situation “We want teens to have safe, age-appropriate online experiences, and we have over 30 tools to support them and their parents. We’ve spent a decade working on these issues and hiring people who have dedicated their careers to keeping young people safe and supported online. The complaint mischaracterizes our work using selective citations and cherry-picked documents“.

Source: techcrunch.com

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