Collective Shout joins global coalition calling for child protections on Facebook

Fifty-nine child protection organisations and experts sign open letter to Zuckerberg 

We are pleased to have joined a global coalition of child protection experts and organisations in signing an open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg calling on the tech giant to improve child safety on its platforms.

The group led by UK's National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) spelled out five steps for Facebook to take to demonstrate its commitment to children's safety and wellbeing:

  1. Share its full research on children’s mental health and well-being, and grant access to its data to independent researchers, civil society organisations and regulators
  2. Set out what research has been conducted on how Facebook’s services and design choices contribute to child sexual abuse, and publish the findings
  3. Publish Facebook’s risk assessments
  4. Provide transparency on Facebook’s product reputational reviews
  5. Review the child protection implications of end-to-end encryption

As reported in the Guardian:

The letter has been sent to Zuckerberg in the wake of revelations from Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, who has accused the company of a lax approach to safety in testimony to US senators and a number of document leaks that formed the backbone of a series of damning articles in the Wall Street Journal.

One of the most damaging leaks was internal research at Instagram that showed the app’s impact on teen wellbeing, including one slide showing that 30% of teen girls felt Instagram made dissatisfaction with their body worse.

Echoing Haugen’s claim that the company puts profit before people, the group letter states: “We cannot continue with a situation in which children’s needs are or appear to be secondary to commercial motivations, and in which young people’s right to safety, privacy and wellbeing is traded-off to prioritise the interests of adults and other more influential drivers.”

“The company must do significantly better to regain the trust of parents and child protection professionals, and most importantly, to ensure its product decisions contribute to rather than compromise children’s safety and wellbeing."

You can read the letter here.

Read about our 2-year investigation + joint global #WakeUpInstagram campaign calling on Facebook to stop the sexualisation, fetishisation, harassment and exploitation of minors on Instagram here.

See also

Facebook-facilitated sexploitation: UK children’s charity says platforms have duty of care to keep kids safe

‘I would love to f*** you so hard’: Girls deserve better than Instagram

The mainstreaming of child exploitation material on Instagram: Why Facebook must abandon plans for 'Instagram for kids'

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  • Collective Shout
    published this page in News 2021-10-20 13:10:02 +1100

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