Global Alliance against Minor Exploitation
Read the full 10-page letter here. Excerpts are below.
This is going to be a long letter, but allow me to get straight to the point. Facebook policies and/or the lack of implementation thereof are a DANGER TO CHILDREN. It is as simple as that.
Facebook has more than enough revenue to accomplish this, yet has financial greed prevented adequate safety measures? Facebook has the responsibility to your billion-plus users. You have the responsibility to keep them safe. You have the responsibility to ensure that abusive and illegal content is removed, either by your own filters or after it is brought to your attention through reporting by users. And this must be done even after just a SINGLE report – not ten, not a hundred, not thousands.
- JUST ONE report of illegal or abusive content MUST result in permanent removal of said content.
- ALL forms of child sexual abuse & harassment content MUST be removed from the network.
- Minors must be given FULL protections and privacy.
We call on investors and advertisers to take note on how Facebook operates and allows said content without concern for the safety of its users. These advertisers and investors need to see how you operate Facebook to the detriment of the millions of teens and preteens around the world.
We call on you, Mr. Zuckerberg, Ms. Sandberg, the Board of Directors, and senior management. It is time that Facebook takes child safety seriously. It is time that Facebook starts spending some of the billions in revenue on child safety.
Freedom of speech is not a universal right.
The safety of our children supersedes that right.
On behalf of the Global Alliance against Minor Exploitation and worldwide partners,
Jay Marshall, Spokesperson, Global Alliance against Minor Exploitation
Carol Todd, mother of Amanda Todd
Dave Smith, father of Hannah Smith
Deb Smith, stepmom of Hannah Smith
Glen Canning, father of Rehtaeh Parsons
Kim Loik, mother of Todd Loik
Tricia Norman, mother of Rebecca Sedwick
Warren Penpraze, father of Olivia Penpraze
Blair Corbett, Ark of Hope for Children
Inesa Jenza, Child Sexual Abuse Prevention & Safety Activist
Rachel Holway, President, Alerta Vida ONG
Ruth Jacobs, www.ruthjacobs.org.uk
Trista Hendren, Author & Activist, www.thegirlgod.com