What Facebook does with abuse reports

By Anne Collier

The head of Facebook’s international law enforcement group, Max Kelly, Friday revealed more details than I’ve seen in the news media on how the site detects bad behavior and content, including criminal activity. On the prevention side, The Guardian reports, “Facebook has developed sophisticated algorithms to monitor its users and detect inappropriate and predatory behaviour, bolstering its latest raft of initiatives to improve the safety of its users.” For details on what FB does about that behavior, please see the article, which includes pushback from CEOP but also signs of momentum toward a working rather than adversarial relationship. Only the former will help remove layers and redundancies in abuse reporting, as well as help educate the public on where and how to report what. Historians could probably tell us that it took time for the public to know what to report to 911/999 and, for example, what to report to school authorities, and here the system and education will need to be multinational and multicultural. This is a followup to my post last week about the “panic button” problem.

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