New whistleblower complaint alleges Facebook failed to remove child abuse content

Critics of Facebook have long argued that the company effectively silences conservative uses and functions as a tool of the Democratic Party — but recent allegations have contributed to the mounting backlash against the tech giant.

According to a former Facebook employee, the social media company has maintained a lax approach to removing material related to child sexual abuse from its platform, Breitbart reports.

“Not sufficiently trained”

The anonymous whistleblower reportedly shared the complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission, calling Facebook’s efforts to remove such harmful content “inadequate” and “under-resourced.”

As the complaint alleges, Facebook “doesn’t track” such material and senior managers are accused of questioning the “return on investment” related to cracking down on those responsible for posting it.

Not only does the tech firm not prioritize the issue, the whistleblower claims, but moderators tasked with flagging offensive content are “not sufficiently trained and are ill-prepared” for the task.

The shocking allegations claim that Facebook has become a major hub of child pornography with millions of illegal images shared on its platform.

While the company did establish a team dedicated to handling the issue, the whistleblower claimed that it was later broken up because it had become “too complex.” Furthermore, Facebook groups are alleged to be used by pedophiles to share abusive material.

“Bring justice to victims”

For its part, Facebook insists that it takes the matter seriously, declaring: “We have no tolerance for this abhorrent abuse of children and use sophisticated technologies to combat it. We’ve funded and helped build the tools used by industry to investigate this terrible crime, rescue children and bring justice to victims.”

Facebook unveiled a new corporate name this week, but the announcement has not detracted from resounding criticism on multiple fronts.

Calls for increased regulation and reform have coincided with the company’s decision to rebrand itself as Meta, which CEO Mark Zuckerberg predicted would allow users to effectively live “inside of” the internet.

“Right now, our brand is so tightly linked to one product that it can’t possibly represent everything that we’re doing today, let alone in the future,” he declared.

The latest whistleblower complaints came on the heels of revelations by former Facebook data engineer Frances Haugen, who has asserted that the platform puts profits before the well-being of its users.

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