Facebook has zero tolerance on child exploitation images

Facebook has a zero-tolerance approach for child exploitation images, said top executive of the giant social network here on Thursday. He added that we need to be much more responsible for digital media for the sake of small children.

"Young people are developing digital literacy at an increasingly young age, which means we have to be much more responsible for digital media for young children," said Shelley Thakral, head of policy programs (India, South Asia and Central Asia) Facebook, he said.

"We have online security experts from NGOs from around the world and we have zero tolerance in pictures showing child exploitation," he added.

Thakral spoke at the three-day "2018 Girls Get Equal" conference, organized by the non-profit India project in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

In November, the social media giant was hit by human rights activists because they did not abolish a position in which a South Sudan man auctioned his 17-year-old daughter to the highest bidder as a child bride.

According to media reports, at least five men, including the deputy general of the region, participated in the adolescent's offer. A man with eight other spouses won the offer and paid to the girl's father 500 cows, two luxury cars, two bikes, a boat, mobile phones and $ 10,000 in cash.

Facebook was also accused of encouraging grooming by offering teenage girls middle-aged as "friend suggestions".

Teenage girls, aged 13, participating in the social network, receive up to 300 suggestions of who they can add as friends, some of which include middle-aged men who are unfair to their photos.

However, Facebook said it was not a typical experience for adolescents subscribing to the service and that it has embedded safeguards in its recommendation system.

"On Facebook, we will do a lot of things to do everything to listen to our community and be adaptable," said Thakral.

"Our goal is to ensure that everyone has the right to express themselves, we must be able to provide them with the right confidentiality and security," he said.

The conference, which began on Wednesday, saw experts from different backgrounds think about systems that enhance child protection as a crucial factor in the governance of any country.

Workshops and sessions featured children's experiences and perceptions about home, school, and community safety.