Facebook Issues Apology for Shocking Child Abuse Video Suggestions

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The problem affected not only English language users, and there were lots of reports from Facebook users seeing incredibly odd suggestions, even after the offensive ones were removed.

Some users got a nasty surprise when searching for video.

For some users, the platform auto-filled that search with suggestions like "video of girl sucking dick underwater" and "video of sexual" and "video of minor", Motherboard reports. Facebook's search predictions are created to reflect popular searches, but it's unclear why the offensive terms appeared.

Facebook has since apologized for the survey, with company spokesperson saying, "We sometimes ask for feedback from people about our community standards and the types of content they would find most concerning on Facebook..." "We do not allow sexually explicit imagery, and we are committed to keeping such content off of our site", the company added.

Facebook search suggestions became NSFW, and users are not happy about it.

A Facebook survey also drew criticism last week, after it was deemed inappropriate by users.

Facebook says it is investigating how the search suggestions emerged.

While intelligent search algorithms are useful and are a large part of the way we efficiently access information online, sometimes they lack the common sense that a human would provide.

In 2016 Google, the world's dominant search engine, had to change its autocomplete search tool when users received offensive results after looking up information about women and Jewish people.

Facebook did not immediately respond to questions about its search prediction feature and what information the suggestions are based on.

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