- Posted August 29, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Facebook: Porn, Gore, and Minors
Recently, I was involved in an incident on Facebook that got me blocked for 12 hours. I know what you’re thinking, “You must have broken the terms of service in some form or another”, right? Well, after reading my story, you can judge that for yourself.
On Wednesday August 28, 2013, at approximately 9:00 PM, I logged into Facebook and, like many of you, was drawn to my notifications. Investigating, I wound up in a group that I frequent; PS3. Inside, what I found, was disgusting. The public group had been overrun by trolls. Individuals were posting obscene pornography, and hardcore gore. Finding the images to be inappropriate for a public group, and after much conversation with the individuals who have posted the pictures yielded no sign that they’d be taken down, several of us decided to report the incident to Facebook.
Soon after, the individual who posted a picture of a severed human head; unskinned and accompanied by two severed arms, began mocking members because of their outrage. In an instance that I found to be particularly reprehensible, a young mother expressed concern over her 6 year old child having caught a glimpse of the unexpected gore. The individual replied by asking the mother to be thankful for educating her daughter on the cruelties of the world.
Outraged, and somewhat dismayed at Facebook’s sluggish response to the situation at hand, I took matters into my own hands by contacting the individual’s father, on Facebook, to try and get this resolved as soon as possible. This, too, yielded no results, as the image remained for the duration of the evening.
Finally, several hours later, I receive a notification from Facebook’s support team stating that the picture, in fact, did not violate Facebook’s terms of service and would not be removed. Disgusted by Facebook’s decision, I gave negative feedback and went to bed.
Today, I try logging into my Facebook account only to find that I have been blocked. The reason being that I have violated Facebook’s terms of service by contacting the individual’s parents. Needless to say, I was furious and in a fit of rage, I decided to write down my story.
We have become too trusting of social networking sites. We trust them to keep our privacy, we trust them to facilitate a safe online environment for our children and for ourselves, and we trust that in situations that I have described – a common sense verdict would be issued. It seems, however, that Facebook has no common sense. With a history of privacy violations; the most recent being the Prism fiasco, and the hundreds of people coming forward to complain about Facebook’s policy of removing copyrighted images, yet failing to remove pornographic and gory images, do you really want to continue to trust Facebook with your personal life and the materials your young teenager has access to?