Social networks often find themselves at the center of rows concerning their security levels and the protection they offer when it comes to children using their site. Facebook is the biggest social network of all time and even they still get issues raised; now Twitter is being warned to do more to protect its young users.
The news comes after the CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) center told the site ‘more can be done.’ Head of CEOP Peter Davies stated ‘Providers of online services have a responsibility to safeguard their environment in order to minimize the risk to children and close down opportunities for offenders.’
Facebook and Bebo are both reported to provide a substantial amount of data when it comes to reporting illegal activity incidents within their sites. Twitter on the other hand fails to provide as much information, only 1000 reports a month, which is not enough and their reporting mechanisms must be improved.
According to the report at the BBC, Twitter insists safety remains a high priority for the company despite what the CEOP may think. In defense of the site, another child protection organization claims that it is the police force and governments’ responsibility to protect young users from online threats and is not the fault of Twitter or other online social networks that this type of threat exists.
NetClean Chief Executive Christian Sjoberg says Twitter and similar companies ‘are doing everything they can to prevent this activity taking place on their networks.’ The fact of the matter is this type of activity cannot be completely prevented only addressed, which means such activity must be reported and acted upon straight away as the CEOP encourages. Communication is key.
Do you think more can be done to avoid these incidents or do you agree that these companies do everything they can to prevent this activity taking place?