Tuesday 17 July 2018

Facebook to TDs: We can't keep an eye on all content

Facebook said that it would be impossible to operate as an online platform if it was to monitor all content posted on its site. Stock photo: REUTERS
Facebook said that it would be impossible to operate as an online platform if it was to monitor all content posted on its site. Stock photo: REUTERS

Ryan Nugent

Facebook has once again deflected responsibility for controlling content on its platform - saying abusive or offensive content must be reported to it before it is taken down.

The social media giant has said that it would be impossible for it to operate as an online platform if it was to monitor all content posted on its site.

The website's head of public policy in Ireland, Niamh Sweeney, said it cannot monitor all content for a variety of reasons "some of them are about protecting the privacy and personal information of individuals".

"Other parts of it is trying to let the internet flourish. If there was an obligation to monitor everything put up you wouldn't see services like this," she said.

At the Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs, representatives for Facebook told members that videos of fighting are only taken down if they constitute bullying.

Facebook's public policy manager Siobhan Cummiskey said the site will remove such videos if they are legally obliged to or if a person in the video asks it to be taken down.

Ms Cummiskey was reacting to questions from TD Alan Farrell - who referenced a brawl among youths in Balbriggan in 2015, which he says was left on the site for a month before being removed.

Irish Independent

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