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Facebook must prioritise children’s wellbeing, Zuckerberg is told

UK campaigners write to chief executive with list of demands to ensure online safety of young people

Facebook has lost the trust of parents, is prioritising commercial gain over children’s needs and must take steps to restore faith in its platforms, a global alliance of child protection campaigners and experts has warned Mark Zuckerberg.

The Facebook founder and chief executive is urged to publish its internal assessments of the risks young people face on its services in a letter with 59 signatories including the UK’s National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and the Child Rescue Coalition in the UK.

Share all its internal research on the impact its platforms have on children’s wellbeing.

Set out what research has been conducted on how the company’s services contribute to child sexual abuse.

Publish risk assessments of how its platforms affect children.

Provide details of an internal reputational review of its products.

Review the child protection implications of encrypted messaging.