NSPCC accuses Facebook of ‘sitting on its hands’ over child safety
The NSPCC alleges that children have been allowed to suffer while Facebook has refused to cooperate with government and child protection advocates.
Sir Peter Wanless, chief executive of the charity, said the social network’s lack of transparency meant that child protection campaigners have to rely on testimonies of whistle-blowers such as Frances Haugen.
This follows the findings of Instagram’s effects on the mental health of young people, particularly teenage girls.
Around 24 grooming offences are recorded on Facebook’s platforms by police every single week, according to research by the NSPCC.
This represents more than 5,100 instances where Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp were used to abuse children in England and Wales since 2017.