A Facebook moderator is suing the social media titan, led by embattled Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, in a bid to expose a network of child pornographic distribution on the platform.
“Every day, Facebooked users post millions of videos, images, and live-streamed broadcasts of child sexual abuse, rape, torture, bestiality, beheadings, suicide, and murder,” says Selena Scola, the plaintiff in the lawsuit against Facebook.
An educator at the Leon M. Goldstein High School for Sciences in Manhattan Beach is facing charges for sexually enticing over 100 students to make child pornography,<a href="https://thegoldwater.com/news/37716-Teacher-Sexted-100-Kids-on-Facebook-Molested-Dozens-Near-Brooklyn”> The Goldwater </a>reported last week.
We know that Facebook has had a major impact in spreading child pornography, whether unwittingly so or not, due to the giant in social networking being responsible for such a large promotion of the internet’s traffic.
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Facebook continues to be the number one social network. According to the latest research by Dreamgrow, the platform has 2,230,000,000 users worldwide. That's 2.23 billion people.
Due to this, Facebook becomes a primary influence online.
Now, a former Facebook moderator says employees under contract are "bombarded" with a "thousands of videos, images and live-streamed broadcasts of child sexual abuse, rape, torture, bestiality, beheadings, suicide and murder," the lawsuit said, which is concerning, to say the least.
"Facebook is ignoring its duty to provide a safe workplace and instead creating a revolving door of contractors who are irreparably traumatized by what they witnessed on the job," said Attorney for Selena Scola, Korey Nelson, in a statement on Monday.
The case is known as ”Scola v Facebook Inc and Pro Unlimited Inc, No. 18 CIV0513,” filed in Superior Court of the State of California.
Attorney Korey Nelson's law firm is seeking to escalate the case to a class-action status, to make the lawsuit enormous in its potential for who could be a plaintiff.
At least 7,500 content reviewers are currently employed at Facebook, including several full-time employees and contractors that have little to no knowledge of the lawsuit, based on Facebook's influence with media.
News outlets and media companies use Facebook to drive traffic to their websites, meaning it can affect their profit margins.
Because of this, it is unlikely that the mainstream propaganda media will focus on this story for very long. But, there's a great deal of child pornography fluctuating within Facebook, and that's of importance to discuss.
Facebook previously stated that their full-time content reviewers are provided with mental health specialists. This is including mental health resources, skilled psychiatric treatment counselors, or family psychologists who are available both onsite and offsite, for individual and even group counseling.
All of Facebook's employees are provided full health coverage benefits.
"We take the support of our content moderators incredibly seriously, ensuring that every person reviewing Facebook content is offered psychological support and wellness resources," said Bertie Thomson, Director of Corporate Communications.
The mainstream media does focus on Facebook for other topics, of which some would say are the wrong reasons, if not priorities being out of order.
We know that “fake news,” is always something that concerns the <a href="https://thegoldwater.com/news/35624-Trump-s-Fight-of-Social-Media-on-Censorship-Emboldens-as-100-Zuckerberg-Employees-Speak-Out#35635"> left-wing liberal networks responsible for propagating lies </a>and this material, but Facebook has seemingly held a bias in their favor.
Several large platforms have silenced the voices of Conservative media outlets, especially that of Facebook, who continues to make headlines in relation to their censorship.
Leftists argue that the so-called “hate speech” on the Facebook platform is the problem, despite there being no such “hate speech” exception to the First Amendment.
As the social media giant's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg has “vowed to step up efforts to counter it through mass hirings and use of artificial intelligence.”
This could mean Mark Zuckerberg <a href="https://thegoldwater.com/news/35622-Facebook-Social-Media-Giants-Silencing-Conservatives-Trump-Speaking-Up"> plans to replace their human support team </a>with modified bots and algorithms that are capable of reviewing content.
<a href="https://thegoldwater.com/news/35622-Facebook-Social-Media-Giants-Silencing-Conservatives-Trump-Speaking-Up">President Trump </a>has also raised awareness in regards to the censorship of his supporters.
Nelson's firm is seeking class-action status for the lawsuit, of which will likely cause a media blackout in the case.
As we often see, the<a href="https://thegoldwater.com/news/35597-President-Trump-Reinforces-CNN-as-the-Enemy-of-the-People-Per-Extreme-Bias-and-Hatred"> mainstream media </a>avoids any discussion of pedophiles, or that child pornographic distribution arrests.
What Scola tells or the underlying problem is related to child pornography on Facebook is accurate.
In the last few years, we've seen countless pedophile rings and child porn networks shut down on the platform.
Scola worked at Facebook's offices in Menlo Park and Mountain View, California, for nine months from June last year, under a contract through Pro Unlimited Inc, a Florida-based staffing company.
She would likely face scrutiny in the courtroom, with Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook having unlimited resources to combat the lawsuit, but the reality is that such a suit is necessary.
The person to blame for the content distribution is clear when the child pornographer abused the child to film it and post it.
In these circumstances, the victim is again Facebook and their employees.
There's also the infamous case of<a href="https://bgr.com/2018/03/05/facebook-survey-pedophilia-oops/"> Facebook asking users if they accept child porn</a>on the Facebook platform.
The Goldwater sent a message to Facebook’s community help services, who responded with a clear answer to whether such content is allowed.
"We do not allow the sharing of child exploitative images on Facebook or Messenger – even to express outrage. Regardless of intention, sharing such imagery is harmful and illegal. When we become aware of such images, we remove them and notify the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. We urge people never to share such content and to report it to local authorities immediately."
The Facebook spokesperson reiterated that the platform's stance on both the safety and security of their users comes first above all else. They said that any such crime of child pornographic distribution are taken very seriously, adding Facebook has a” zero tolerance for child exploitation images (CEI) being shared regardless of intent.”
The spokesperson also informed us that every image uploaded to Facebook since 2011 is then scanned using PhotoDNA technology.
This technology scans each image and flags known child exploitative material to prevent future uploads of imagery from surfacing on the platform, to try and prevent it from being seen by a wide audience.
Sometimes the content is freshly taken photographs, which aren't in the database. That makes them less likely to be caught by the algorithmic censors that are in place.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">ColumbusPolice, has received several calls regarding a video containing child porn being received via Facebook Messenger. Agencies from Missouri, Alabama and Tennessee have also received reports. Federal authorities have been notified. DO NOT OPEN OR FORWARD THE LINK!!!</p>— Columbus Ohio Police (@ColumbusPolice) <a href="https://twitter.com/ColumbusPolice/status/959885177400057856?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 3, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Earlier this year, a viral child pornographic post made headlines after it originated from Facebook, and according to the lawsuit, it's a daily occurrence.
Just last summer, another former Facebook content censor claimed she became “desensitized” to graphic content on the platform.
In that case, the woman said child porn was shared which included featuring children between the ages of nine and twelve.
Sarah Katz, who was employed by Facebook in 2016, worked as one of the many employees whose job is to sort through reported content and decide whether or not it should be removed.
According to<a href="http://uk.businessinsider.com/sarah-katz-what-like-to-work-as-a-facebook-moderator-2018-7"> Business Insider</a>, employees sorted through as many as 8,000 posts a day, which they were expected to decide on in a matter of seconds.
“Facebook has billions of users and people don’t know how to use the platform correctly. So there was a lot of pornography, bestiality, graphic violence. There was a lot of content that you might not expect to see shared on Facebook,” Katz claimed. “It’s kind of a monotonous job after a while. You definitely grow desensitized to some of the graphic material because you see so much of it. A lot of the content tends to recirculate.”
One example which Katz repeatedly saw was a video featuring two children between the ages of nine and twelve, who were “standing to face each other, wearing nothing below the waist, and touching each other.”
“It would go away and come back, it would appear at multiple times of the day. Each time the user location would be different. One day shared from Pakistan, another day the US. It’s kinda hard to track down the initial source,” Katz explained, adding that she was “disturbed” when Facebook told her not to remove the accounts sharing such material.
“If the user’s account was less than 30 days old we would deactivate the account as a fake account. If the account was older than 30 days we would simply remove the content and leave the account active,” she declared.
“There need to be many human eyes to do the job and it cannot all be allocated to artificial intelligence, no matter how much folks say,” Katz added. “We will always be that nuance of human perspective.”
Clearly, the problem is deeply rooted in the core of society, and this is only going to get worse.
We will continue to follow this lawsuit closely and update as the court cases progress.
<i>Members of the public who have information about child-sexual predators are urged to contact ICE by calling the ICE tip line at 1-866-347-2423 or internationally at 001-1802-872-6199.</i>
<a href="https://www.ice.gov/webform/hsi-tip-form">They can also submit a tip over the internet by completing ICE’s online form by clicking here.</a>
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is also bringing down suspected child-sex offenders through Operation Predator.
You can also contact ICE via the Operation Predator application for mobile devices. ICE has created a smartphone app – the first of its kind in U.S. federal law enforcement – designed to seek the public's help with fugitive and unknown suspect child predators.
The iOS version of the app can be downloaded from<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/operation-predator/id695130859?mt=8"> Apple's App Store and iTunes</a>; the Android version is also available via<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.java.ice"> Google Play Store</a>.
<b>It is also time that we as a society hold our elected officials accountable in demanding stricter punishments be enforced with tough new legislation against anyone who would victimize a child, of either life imprisonment, of capital punishment. Oftentimes, they are released and reoffend. There is no rehabilitation for child sex offenders.</b>
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