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Facebook cyberbullying

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SuperDad
A while ago my daughter was bullied on Facebook and it ruined her life. She lost her education due to the relentlessness of the cyberbullying. Facebook refused to take responsibility for the problem hiding behind their usual 'copy and paste' responses that their ex governmental advisors calculate in their HQ. My daughter's life was ruined because of Facebook but I feel she was lucky, as was I as a parent because there are parents who's children have committed suicide following terrible abuse and bullying on Facebook. Unable to cope with not only the continuous tirades of abuse and exposure to innocence stealing material that's present on Facebook but also unable to cope with the feeling of complete and utter powerlessness when trying to get Facebook to deal with incidents of abuse. Thankfully Facebook seems to be becoming less relevant for teenagers which will in turn mean less deaths for the tragic victims of abuse.
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Jazz
I think Facebook have lost their way somewhat and are putting profit above anything else. As the largest earner on the internet they have a responsibility to support the people who have made them as big as they are. As you say though, Facebook is not the first choice for young people any more but this does not relinquish in any way their duty to support users.
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Petula
Too big for their boots! Facebook have become more and more arrogant about how they treat their users since they became a share holding company, its obvious that their share price is what is most important to them.
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SuperDad
One of the things that concerns me as a parent is that Facebook are 'buying' their way in to schools with programmes of 'recruitment' What do they offer in the way of support for victims of abuse on Facebook? We couldn't find anything at the time but on looking just now I still can't find anything other than their own internal options?
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Marti
I have read about concerns from Ofsted about schools setting up group pages for their schools on Facebook. There have been reports of pupils being groomed by paedophiles and extremists groups. Until Facebook can absolutely guarantee the safety of all its users they should not be going anywhere near young pupils. What happened to the infamous under 13 benchmark for kids???
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GamerGirl

In reply to Marti

Very true Marti. My understanding is that the reason Facebook have any age restrictions whatsoever is because certain states in the U.S. will not allow them to hold data on children under that age. I assume that if they could get away with it they would track and store data on every child and sell it on as they do with everybody else's.
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David85
This does sound worrying. There was a case a few years ago in which a teacher in Hull was jailed for 15 years for grooming school girls on Facebook. It is well known how unsafe this social network is so Schools should be very very careful about encouraging pupils to use it. Saying that though, my kids look at me like i'm a dinosaur when i mention Facebook, most kids nowadays just don't use it anymore.
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GamerGirl

In reply to Jazz

Teens leaving Facebook in droves, apps that won't sell to Facebook purely out of principal and the public becoming more and more concerned about their data policies.......it's just a matter of time before there is a scandal and calls for boycott with their top paying advertisers.
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JoDragon
I'm pretty sure it says in the terms and conditions that Facebook hold no responsibility for a lot of things. Although a lot of people don't read them it is actually worth a read in this case.

This needs to come back down to education about privacy settings and who you're allowing on your friends list. Facebook is just a company, not a support site.
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Frank
I agree that Facebook is "just a company" but all companies, especially ones the size of Facebook have responsibilities to their users/customers. Self management is the responsibility of each account holder but overall safety is the responsibility of Facebook, they can't just say they are not responsible for anything bad that happens via their multi billion pound profit making company.
Originally posted by JoDragon
I'm pretty sure it says in the terms and conditions that Facebook hold no responsibility for a lot of things. Although a lot of people don't read them it is actually worth a read in this case.

This needs to come back down to education about privacy settings and who you're allowing on your friends list. Facebook is just a company, not a support site.
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David85
Frank has a point. I think there is something called Corporate Social Responsibility which all large corporations need to be looking at and doing something about. Facebook do have these responsibilities the same as other big companies. If an oil company creates an eco disaster with an oil spill at sea they have to clean it up so Facebook should be cleaning their act up too!!
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GamerGirl

In reply to JoDragon

Yes it is important to know the security settings on platforms such as Facebook and remember that they change all the time. I'm not convinced that the fact that they are 'just a company' means that they have no responsibility to provide support to users who suffer abuse on the platform provided by them? I would think that this would be basic level 'corporate social responsibility' would it not?
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JoDragon
I agree that they hold some responsibility. They can't hold none whatsoever for obvious reasons. It tends to be around major cases that's considered lawful such as major stalking and illegal acts. They'd have a hard time controlling every comment someone makes!
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SuperDad

In reply to JoDragon

Agreed Jo, we can't expect them to control every comment. There's a lot that Facebook could do to help people that are suffering abuse but they refuse to. If you have a close look at what they do, it will almost always result in a benefit to them such as exposing their brand in fun ways to young children or even positioning their staff or 'EX' staff in influential positions such as working for governments so they can control from the top down. This will change though - never underestimate the power of the people!
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kitty

In reply to JoDragon

Sometimes Facebook doesn't even get checked alot and after a few years of getting bullied on there and no one cared I just deleted it I didn't care about far away family that I talked to on there I just deleted it like I didn't own a Facebook and now I just do skype, and Twitter sometimes they are much better too
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Jazz
Originally posted by kitty
Sometimes Facebook doesn't even get checked alot and after a few years of getting bullied on there and no one cared I just deleted it I didn't care about far away family that I talked to on there I just deleted it like I didn't own a Facebook and now I just do skype, and Twitter sometimes they are much better too

Its a shame you had to do that. I know people that have just had enough of the whole Facebook thing and done the same as you so don't worry, you are not alone!
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TheJudge
Do you think Facebook care about your daughter? Do you think they care about any of the children that have been bullied to death on their platform? It's a big 'NO'.....All they care about is money. What surprises me is that now the company has gone public how the shareholders haven't demanded something to be done about their stonewall behaviour to users desperately needing support. Their shareholders will end up with blood on their hands too.
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CybersmileTeam
Sorry to hear about what your family have been through with abuse on Facebook. Remember that we have a full team of trained support advisors that can help your daughter or anybody else affected within your family. All you need to do is email [email protected] and you'll be allocated an advisor. Also check out our support section here www.cybersmile.org/advice-help. Hope this helps!