Facebook Removes 8.7m Child Nudity Images in Three Months
Facebook has said that 8.7 million images of child nudity were removed by its moderators in just three months.
The social network said that it had developed new software to automatically flag possible sexualised images of children.
It was put into service last year but has only become public now.
Another program can also detect possible instances of child grooming related to sexual exploitation, Facebook said.
Of the 8.7 million images removed, 99% were taken down before any Facebook user had reported them, the social network said.
Last year, Facebook was heavily criticised by the chairman of the Commons media committee, Damian Collins, over the prevalence of child sexual abuse material on the platform.
This followed a BBC investigation in 2016, which found evidence that paedophiles were sharing obscene images of children via secret Facebook groups.