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Facebook Asks If Men Could Request Sexual Photos From Minors

"Facebook users decide the rules by voting and tell Facebook"

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Facebook has over 217 million monthly active users in India and 212 million of them are active on smartphones. Pixabay
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Facebook has admitted that a survey asking users whether it should allow an adult man to ask a 14-year-old girl for sexual pictures was a “mistake”.

The social network ran a survey for some users on Sunday asking how they thought the company should handle grooming behavior, the Guardian reported on Monday.

The questions appeared on some users’ home feeds.

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Facebook one of the most popular apps in US. Pixabay
Facebook one of the most popular apps in US. Pixabay

“In thinking about an ideal world where you could set Facebook’s policies, how would you handle the following: a private message in which an adult man asks a 14-year-old girl for sexual pictures,” posed one of the survey questions.

The responses available to users included: “This content should be allowed on Facebook, and I would not mind seeing it”; “This content should be allowed on Facebook but I don’t want to see it”; “This content should not be allowed on Facebook and no one should be able to see it” and “I have no preference on this topic”.

A second question asked who should decide the rules around whether or not the adult man should be allowed to ask for such pictures on Facebook.

Responses available included “Facebook users decide the rules by voting and tell Facebook” and “Facebook decides the rules on its own”.

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Facebook is coming up with a method to prevent revenge porn if you send your own nudes to yourself. Pixabay

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In neither survey question did Facebook allow users to indicate that law enforcement or child protection should be involved in the situation, the Guardian report said.

Facebook’s Vice President of Product, Guy Rosen, admitted the surveys was “a mistake”.

“We run surveys to understand how the community thinks about how we set policies,” Rosen was quoted as saying.

“But this kind of activity is and will always be completely unacceptable on Facebook. We regularly work with authorities if identified. It shouldn’t have been part of this survey. That was a mistake,” he said. (IANS)

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Instagram Co-founders Resign from Social Media Company

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Kevin Systrom, CEO and co-founder of Instagram, prepares for Wednesday's announcement about IGTV in San Francisco, June 19, 2018. (VOA)

The co-founders of Instagram are resigning their positions with the social media company.

Chief Executive Kevin Systrom said in a statement late Monday that he and Mike Krieger plan to leave the company in the next few weeks.

Krieger is chief technical officer. They founded the photo-sharing app in 2010 and sold it to Facebook in 2012 for about $1 billion.

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There was no immediate word on why they chose to leave the company but Systrom says they plan to take time off to explore their creativity again.

Representatives for Instagram and Facebook didn’t immediately respond to after-hours messages from The Associated Press.

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Instagram has seen explosive growth since its founding, with an estimated 1 billion monthly users and 2 million advertisers. (VOA)