*By now you’ve probably heard that Facebook recently posted a survey question basically asking people if they would condone pedophilia. They’ve since taken the insulting survey down, but only after a barrage of complaints shamed them into doing so.
The question posed was…
“In thinking about an ideal world where you could set Facebook’s policies, how would you handle the following: a private message in which an adult man asks a 14-year-old girl for sexual pictures.”
An “ideal world” would be one where pedophilia is an option on FB? WTF were they thinking?
The poll reportedly surfaced over the weekend at the top of Facebook’s homepage. It was spotted by Jonathan Haynes, an editor for The Guardian; who took a screenshot of it (scroll down), as well as his responses to the sick question.
The survey, which also asked other questions (I assume) of a less disgusting nature, was taken down on Monday, with the company calling it’s actions a “mistake.”
“We run surveys to understand how the community thinks about how we set policies,” Facebook vice president Guy Rosen said in response to Haynes’ tweet. “But this kind of activity is and will always be completely unacceptable on FB.”
As you can see on the screenshot below, the poll gave four options for folks to choose from.
- the “content should be allowed on Facebook, and I would not mind seeing it.”
- “the content should be allowed on Facebook, but I don’t want to see it.”
- the content should not be allowed on Facebook, and no one should be able to see it
- No preference
In his tweet Haynes responded…
“I[s] making it secret the best Facebook can offer here?” Jonathan Haynes wrote as he tweeted out the “I don’t want to see it” response in the poll. “Not, y’know, calling the police?”
In a statement to The Post, Facebook said the survey has been taken down since it refers to “offensive content that is already prohibited on Facebook and that [they] have no intention of allowing.”
The Mark Zuckerberg-headed company stated, after the damage was done, “We have prohibited child grooming on Facebook since our earliest days, we have no intention of changing this, and we regularly work with the police to ensure that anyone found acting in such a way is brought to justice,” Facebook said.
Was this before or after Facebook refused to take down a pedophile-friendly page in 2015 after being asked to do so by The Post’s John Crudele? You defended your position by saying the page didn’t violate the Facebook terms of service.
It was only after an actual boycott of Facebook advertisers, started by one user, that Facebook back-peddled and relented.