Statement by Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment Denis Naughten T.D., on "Inside Facebook: Secrets of the Social Network" which aired on Channel 4 on 17 July 2018
New York – July 18th 2018
I am attending the UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York this week, however, I am aware of the contents of the Channel 4 programme and I am deeply concerned. The programme which was broadcast raises serious questions for the company in respect of the manner in which it handles reports of harmful or illegal content carried on its platform; the internal procedures it has in place to moderate harmful or illegal content on its platform; and the systems the company has in place to report instances of abuse, suspected abuse or other illegal activity to the appropriate authorities, including An Garda Síochána.
Clearly Facebook has failed to meet the standards the public rightly expects of it. I have sought an urgent meeting with Facebook management and this meeting is taking place here in New York on Thursday July 19th.