How super

More than half of online grooming offences recorded under a law that made it illegal to send sexual messages to children were committed on Facebook-owned apps, figures reveal.

The data, obtained by the NSPCC under freedom of information laws, show 10,019 offences of sexual communication with a child were recorded since the legislation was introduced in April 2017.

And the percentage of all online communications carried out on Facebook owned services and apps is what?

Is Facebook doing better or worse than everyone else?

10 thoughts on “How super”

  1. Usual statistical arsehattery.
    All from one bloke? 10000 nonces sending messages ?
    How many arrested or charged ?

    I once complainef to Instagram about some images of young girls. Although fully clothed, they were obviously posted for sexual reasons. They werent interested.

  2. Darryl Huff’s How To Lie With Statistics remains a valuable, readable and entertaining book, sixty-five years after it was written.

    You’d have thought that somewhere in a journalism course, students could find the time to read a short, amusing guide (written by a journalist, not a mathematician). It’s even got cartoons in it.

    But the evidence does suggest that they don’t.

    With 10,019 offences, Facebook and its family were the platform for 32% of them (note that the 55% is “where the means of communication was recorded”, not all offences) – a classic case of the “semi-attached figure” coupled to selecting the wrong base for a percentage.

  3. It’s about traceability too. If you send a private message to someone on Instagram or Facebook, it’s recorded on their servers and on each user’s device. By contrast, SnapChat’s raison d’être is that the “snaps” automatically disappear after a few seconds. That makes it much harder to trace.

    In short though, any system which lets minors advertise themselves to strangers is clearly inviting contact from weirdos.

  4. Dennis, Who's Got Him A Shootin' Iron

    Good to see The Guardian ignoring the effect of cowardly and politically correct police (and community, for that matter) leadership. Of course, The Guardian and its readership have always wanted timid and ineffectual law enforcement towards BAME communities, because reasons, and now that they have it – and are reaping the rewards – they must find some (preferably U.S.) corporate boogeyman to blame.

    Next week? The Guardian explores why U.S. cutlery manufacturers are to blame for knife violence in London.

  5. I’m just wondering how soon it will be before we see people suing their parents for posting photo’s of them in childhood, which has backfired on them in adulthood….

  6. “In short though, any system which lets minors advertise themselves to strangers is clearly inviting contact from weirdos.”

    Which is pretty much anywhere IRL. No-one blames National Rail if some bloke starts chatting up a schoolgirl on a train. No-one blames the Nisa shop owner because a bloke suggests going for a ride to some chav sat on the wall at night. Had my mate gone home and shagged the 14 year old he met in a nightclub (rather than walking away), would anyone have condemned the nightclub?

    Here’s an idea: Be a parent. Look after your kids, talk to them about risks of perverts, protect them where you can. You’ll never protect them from perverts by “online harms bills”. They’ll just try and do it somewhere else.

  7. I bet close to 100% of *all* online grooming offenses are carried out through British Telecom.

  8. But the evidence does suggest that they don’t.

    I think it suggests that they do, from what I have seen of the media over the past few years.

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