Facebook Under Fire After Failing To Remove Extreme Content

Elaine Stenson
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Facebook is set to be called before an Oireachtas Committee after an investigation found that the social network told staff not to remove violent content.

A reporter went undercover at Facebook offices in the UK and Dublin for a Channel 4 investigation – and found that extreme content, including assaults on children and images of self harm, all remained on the site – despite violating the company’s guidelines.

Fianna Fail’s communications spokesperson Timmy Dooley says that he plans to call Facebook bosses in front of an Oireachtas Committee.

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While Communications Minister Denis Naughten says that it raises serious questions for the company:

“First of all I haven’t seen the Channel 4 programme – I am in New York  – but from what I understand it raises serious questions for the company in respect of its content review process…I expect to get a briefing when I return to Ireland from my officials…so I am not going to expand any further on it but these are very serious reports.”