Facebook Says It Is Investigating Graphic Images
Nothing to 'like' about pornographic, sadistic and violent photos, users say
Facebook has responded to a deluge of reports to its site from outraged users who were bombarded with graphic photos on the site's Newsfeed feature.
“Protecting the people who use Facebook from spam and malicious content is a top priority for us and we are always working to improve our systems to isolate and remove material that violates our terms," it said in a statement. "We have recently experienced an increase in reports and we are investigating and addressing the issue.”
Among pictures that drew particular outrage was a pornographic image of Jesus and Satan. Others reported pictures of a sexual or pornographic nature, or people or animals bleeding to death.
It was not clear Tuesday how or when the images began appearing, but comments accrued over a string of days appear to have popularized the photos, making them visible to friends. Some users reported their accounts had "liked" photos without their knowledge.
"Dear Facebook: You have 24 hours to get it together with this disgusting spam on the site," read a status post from user University of North Carolina graduate student Meredith Clark. "After that, I'm disabling my account and taking my protest to Twitter. Pretty sure many others are tired of this crap, too."
Roshandaline Rhodes countered the images by posting videos of children singing and preaching about God.
Facebook, meanwhile, said it would share more information as it became available.
Have you seen these photos? What are you thoughts on Facebook's handling of the situation?