Facebook is currently fighting another rising issue. The tech firm released a new initiative focusing on preventing child abuse content. Is this effective?
Facebook Incorporated launches a new initiative that focuses on preventing child abuse content. The tech giant firm expects that this new program will help protect children and other young users.
Some critics and other experts applaud the new initiative of Facebook since they see it as a great project, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Right now, many users are forced to stay indoors to prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus.
Recently, various news sources reported that there is another new variant called Delta, which is believed to be more infectious compared to the recently discovered variants in the United Kingdom, Africa, and other countries. Because of this, many people, especially the young ones, tend to visit Facebook and other online platforms for essential information, as well as to entertain themselves.
Facebook rolled out its new initiative with an animated video. This short clip shows how child abuse content impacts various users negatively. The giant online platform was able to release its initiative, thanks to the help of various civil society organizations. These include Cyber Peace Foundation, Arpan, and Aarambh India Initiative.
What You Need To Do If You Saw A Child Abuse Content
In its latest anti-child abuse initiative program, Facebook highly recommends users to call 1098 or report the harmful content to the Childline India Foundation. On the other hand, the tech giant manufacturer also explained that if the child abuse content specifically came from the accounts of your family members, you can easily report it on fb.me/onlinechildprotection.
Early this 2021, the giant social media platform conducted an in-depth analysis to understand the illegal child exploitative content on FB and Instagram. The company’s investigation revealed that more than 90% of this content was the same as or visually similar to the previously reported posts.
Although this is the case, the social media giant still clarified that most of these sharings were conducted without the actual intent of harming a child. But, this is also what makes it more serious since you’ll never know if the post you are sharing could affect other people’s thoughts and beliefs.
On the other hand, FB also confirmed that it already updated its social media app’s child safety policies to clarify that it will remove all the profiles, pages, groups, as well as Instagram accounts, which are quite dedicated when it comes to sharing innocent images of children with captions, hashtags, and comments containing inappropriate signs of affection or commentary about the young individuals presented in the photos.
Facebook’s Live Audio Rooms Now Being Tested
Meanwhile, the social media giant is also focusing on its new Live Audio Rooms. FB confirmed that this feature is now being tested in the United States.
The new FB Live Audio Rooms feature is expected to compete against the popular Clubhouse app, which is used by Elon Musk and other giant tech CEOs to discuss their plans. However, it is still early to say that it will be better compared to Clubhouse. As of the moment, FB is still not yet finished testing the new online service.