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Meta warned it faces ‘heavy sanctions’ in EU if it fails to fix child protection issues on Instagram


The European Union has fired a blunt warning at Meta, saying it must quickly clean up its act on child protection or face the risk of “heavy sanctions”.
The warning follows a report by the Wall Street Journal yesterday. The WSJ worked with researchers at Stanford University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst to undercover and expose a network of Instagram accounts set up to connect pedophiles to sellers of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) on the mainstream social networking platform.
Research by Stanford also found the Meta-owned photo-sharing site to be the most important platform for sellers of self-generated CSAM (SG-CSAM), fingering Instagram’s recommendation algorithms as “a key reason for the platform’s effectiveness in advertising SG-CSAM”.
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