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'Facebook has zero tolerance to images of child exploitation'

IANS  |  New Delhi 

has a approach for child exploitation images, said a top from the here on Thursday. She added that we have to be much more responsible on for the sake of young children.

"Young people are developing digital literacy at an increasingly young age, which means we have to be much more responsible on the for the young children," Shelley Thakral, Programmes (India, South Asia, and Central Asia), Facebook, said.

"We have from NGOs from all across the world, and we have to images that show exploitation of children," she added.

Thakral was speaking at the three-day 'Plan For Every Child 2018 - Girls Get Equal' national conference, organised by non-profit Plan in partnership with the

In November, the giant was slammed by human rights activists for failing to remove a post in which a South Sudanese man auctioned his 17-year-old daughter to the highest bidder as a child bride.

As per media reports, at least five men, including the region's deputy general, participated in the bidding of the teenager. A man with eight other wives won the bid and paid the girl's father 500 cows, two luxury cars, two bikes, a boat, and $10,000 in cash.

was also accused of encouraging grooming by offering teenage girls middle-aged men as 'friend suggestions'.

Teenage girls, as young as 13-year-olds, who join the are given upto 300 suggestions for who they can add as friends, some of which include middle-aged men who are topless in their profile photos.

However, said that was not a typical experience for teenagers signing up for the service and that it has safeguards built into its recommendation system.

"At Facebook, we are going great lengths to do everything to listen to our community and to be adaptive," Thakral said.

"Our goal is to ensure that everyone has the right to express themselves. We need to be able to provide them the right privacy and security," she stressed.

The conference that began Wednesday, saw experts from diverse backgrounds deliberate on systems strengthening child protection as a critical factor in the governance of any country.

The workshops and sessions brought out children's experiences and perceptions of safety at home, school and community. --IANS


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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 20:16 IST