Facebook accused of failing in duty to protect kids after reports of abuse material halved last year

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FACEBOOK has been accused of failing in its duty to protect kids after reports of abuse material halved last year.

It took action against such content 5.4million times — attributing the fall to over-reporting.

Facebook has been accused of failing in its duty to protect kids after reports of abuse material halved last year
The NSPCC said David Wilson would have avoided justice if plans to encrypt messaging services go ahead

On its Instagram platform, reports of child abuse content fell by a fifth to 800,000 — yet the Home Office says child sex crimes increased 17 per cent in the six months from March 2020 compared to the year before.

The NSPCC warned Facebook could offer a “safe haven” for paedos if plans to encrypt messaging services go ahead.

Boss Sir Peter Wanless said David Wilson, 36 — caged for 25 years for child sex offences after grooming boys online — would have avoided justice were it in place.

Sir Peter Wanless said: ‘Facebook has admitted that end-to-end encryption will blind themselves and police to abuse, yet they seem determined to wash their hands of the issue’

He added: “Facebook has admitted that end-to-end encryption will blind themselves and police to abuse, yet they seem determined to wash their hands of the issue.”

Facebook insists it has “led the industry” in developing ways to prevent child abuse online.

Encryption tech is used on its WhatsApp platform, which it says bans 300,000 accounts a month for sharing abuse content.

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