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Sharp rise in sexually exploitative content actioned by Instagram, Meta’s transparency report reveals

The monthly report also showed that Instagram’s proactive removal rate for hate speech fell by 7 percent.

The amount of sexually exploitative content related to children that were actioned by Instagram shot up in November, according to Meta's latest compliance report released on December 30, 2021. The increase was ten-fold from 1,75,800 of such content being actioned in October to 1.2 million of such content being actioned in the subsequent month. Over 424 user grievances were received by Instagram while Facebook saw 519 user grievances through the IT Rules-mandated redressal mechanisms, the report added. Under the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics code) Rules 2021, significant social media intermediaries (like Meta's platforms) have to publish periodic reports on the number of user grievances they received, action taken, and the number of content proactively removed by the companies. In November, WSJ first reported that Facebook knew details about how using Instagram adversely impacts the mental health of its teenage users.…

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