Police recorded over 4,000 instances where Facebook apps were used in child abuse image and online child sexual offences last year
Data obtained from responses to a Freedom of Information request by 32 UK police forces showed Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp were used in child abuse image and online child sexual offences last year - an average of 11 times a day1.
We're warning that child sexual abuse will go undetected if Facebook continues with its plans to encrypt messaging on Facebook and Instagram without first putting clear safeguards in place.
- The platform will no longer be able to see and report illegal content to law enforcement, so police will be left working in the dark
- More serious child abuse will likely take place on Facebook-owned apps as abusers won't have to move their victims off the platform to other encrypted ones to groom them.
Our Wild West Web campaign demands that the next Government imposes tough regulation on big tech. We're calling on supporters to sign an open letter to Facebook demanding they guarantee that children's safety won't be compromised.