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Syria conflict: Women 'sexually exploited in return for aid'

BBC News

Women in Syria have been sexually exploited by men delivering aid on behalf of the UN and international charities, the BBC has learned.

Central Illinois Man Charged With Child Sexual Exploitation

U.S. News

A grand jury indictment returned this week accuses Hewitt of engaging in the sexual exploitation of three minor victims starting in 2017. Hewitt allegedly used phony names and profile pictures on the site to appear as a 15-year-old boy.

Rise in children being 'farmed out' to care homes, MP says

BBC News

Ministers have been accused of breaking a promise to cut the number of children being "farmed out" to children's homes huge distances from where they live. Government reforms in 2012 pledged to cut down "out-of-borough placements" to help combat child sexual exploitation. Labour MP Ann Coffey will use a Commons debate later to say a "sent-away generation" is in danger of falling prey to paedophiles and drugs gangs. The government said placements "should meet the needs of children". Stockport MP Ms Coffey - chair of the all party parliamentary group for runaway and missing children and adults - said there had been a 64% rise nationally in the number of children being sent to live away between 2012 and 2017.

Facebook says it's getting better at removing hate speech as it deletes 1.5 BILLION fake accounts

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Facebook says it considers the language, context and details in order to distinguish casual statements from content that constitutes a credible threat to public or personal safety.

REVEALED: Facebook gets more than 16,000 reports of users posting revenge porn EVERY DAY

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Facebook fields nearly half a million reports per month from users flagging revenge porn on its platform, says a new report. According to NBC, the stream of reports have persisted despite increased efforts from Facebook to quickly identify and remove the images - nude pictures that have been uploaded without a person's consent. Among those reports, reports NBC, are accounts of nude images posted as revenge against another person and also what's known as'sextortion,' in which nude images are posted to the site in an attempt to black mail someone. To deal with the influx of revenge porn, Facebook employs a team of 25 people which, in tandem with an algorithm developed to identify nude images, helps vet reports and take pictures down. According to NBC, Facebook has worked to revamp its process of flagging harmful images since missteps from several years ago in which the company asked users to submit their nude photos to the platform preemptively.