Facebook survey: Should we let men ask 14-year-old girls for sexual pictures?

Enlarge / Thumbs down for this week’s weird Facebook survey. (credit: Getty Images / Hiroshi Watanabe)

Facebook’s ongoing effort to solicit user feedback reached a bizarre low over the weekend. As reported by The Guardian, the social network included a question in a survey that allowed responders to indicate that FB should allow illegal, sexualized content from teenagers on the platform.

A screengrab clarified the exact phrasing of two questions, and these appear to combine stock question templates with a controversial phrase: “a private message in which an adult man asks a 14-year-old girl for sexual pictures.” The first asked how users thought Facebook should respond to such a scenario, and it included positive-sounding answers such as, “this content should be allowed on Facebook, and I would not mind seeing it.”

The second question asked “who should be deciding the rules” on that kind of content appearing on Facebook, and its answers included, “Facebook decides the rules on its own,” “external experts decide the rules and tell Facebook,” and “users decide the rules by voting and telling Facebook.”

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