Facebook announces two-year project to combat grooming and child exploitation on its platforms
What you need to know
- Facebook has a two-year plan to tackle grooming and child exploitation on its platforms
- Measures reported include flagging of profiles, and scanning photo comments for patterns of suspicious behavior.
- Will also seek to redesign how users report inappropriate and illegal behaviour.
A report from the Financial Times has detailed how Facebook plans to combat online grooming and child exploitation across its platforms over the next two years.
According to the report, Facebook is seeking to balance its plan to encrypt messaging across its platforms with the need to monitor and prevent the exploitation of children. The report, via 9to5Mac quotes Antigone Davis, Facebook's global head of security:
Facebook also plans to redesign how users can report inappropriate and illegal behavior to make it more accessible to people in "sensitive moments" when they most need it. Also reported was how questions over child exploitation and online grooming had given made him pause when considering the question of encryption.
The news comes in wake of a joint appeal to Facebook from US, UK and Australian governments imploring them not to switch to end-to-end encryption.
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