Facebook and other social media providers must act responsibly and protect children
Responding to a BBC investigation into Facebook's failure to remove inappropriate images of children, Children's Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield said:
“It is totally unacceptable that Facebook does not remove sexualised imagery of children immediately. They, like other social media companies and internet providers, have a duty to protect children from harm and must make sure that they do so.
“Every child should be able to benefit safely from the opportunities that the internet provides. My recent inquiry into children’s digital lives found that many children are lured onto pages they do not want to see through techniques such as hashtags which are designed to attract children but link straight to unpleasant content. Social media companies are very secretive about things like this, which is why I have asked them to be more open about the complaints they receive from children and teenagers. We need to understand the extent of the problem. It’s ironic that internet companies attack anyone who challenges them as if we are somehow opposed to openness or modernity - as if we want to close down the internet - and yet they themselves are so very secretive about their business, whether that is how they use algorithms to target children, or complaints they receive from kids, or generally how they use their data."
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Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield’s statement on amendment to the Data Protection Bill09/12/2017 10:10:00
As Children’s Commissioner I have made it a priority to investigate ways to protect and empower children online while holding social media companies to account. I am therefore pleased to hear that, thanks to the campaign lead by Baroness Kidron, the Government has laid a critically important amendment to the Data Protection Bill which will see the UK leading the way in ensuring better protection for children’s data.
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Blog posted by: Anne Longfield, 06 November 2017.
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Blog posted by: Anne Longfield, 28 November 2017.
Joint letter from Anne Longfield and UK Children’s Commissioners to the Chancellor calling for Universal Credit roll-out to be paused for children and families20/11/2017 12:25:00
Anne Longfield and her fellow UK Commissioners have written to the Chancellor Philip Hammond to ask him to pause the roll-out of Universal Credit for children and families. In their joint letter, below, they explain why.