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Facebook and YouTube are the worst offenders

A striking league table has shown that Facebook and YouTube are the worst offenders when it comes to exposing children to some of the darkest and most adult themes on the internet.

Britain’s highest-profile children’s charity, the NSPCC, produced the league table after gathering reviews from more than 4,000 parents and young people. It features the “riskiest sites” when it comes to content involving suicide, violence, bullying, sex, and other adult themes.

You can see the table below. Facebook and YouTube posed a “high” risk to kids across all the categories examined, with a one in four chance of young people encountering adult content. They were therefore slapped with a red warning light. Business Insider has contacted both companies for comment.

The NSPCC and other charities wrote to the British government with its findings and marked Facebook and YouTube out for particular criticism. John Carr, secretary of the UK Children’s Charities’ Coalition on Internet Safety, said:

“Facebook and YouTube still do not provide any meaningful information on the volume of reports relating to children, and the outcomes of such reports. These are woeful examples of the transparency that we can expect if we continue with self-regulation.

“The effect of this lack of transparency is that social networks are not being held to account for the measures they take to protect children, nor are they held to account for whether these measures are effective.”

The findings were published a day after the British government announced that it would introduce laws to rein in social media companies over the next two years. 

Read more at Business Insider

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