By Charlie Moore For Mailonline. Facebook has been accused of encouraging grooming after an investigation revealed teenage girls are being offered middle-aged men as 'friend suggestions'. Young girls who join the social network are given up to suggestions for who they should add as friends, an investigation by The Sunday Telegraph found. In some cases, the suggestions include middle-aged men who are topless in their profile pictures. Facebook has been accused of encouraging grooming after an investigation revealed teenage girls are being offered middle-aged men as 'friend suggestions' stock image. Facebook says it has safeguards to protect children but campaigners warn the company must do more to stop groomers who use the site to become friendly with children. Andy Burrows, NSPCC Associate Head of Child Safety Online, told The Sunday Telegraph: 'Groomers are seeking to infiltrate children's friendship groups on social networks, often with the intention to move children to livestreaming or encrypted sites where it is easier for them to commit sexual abuse.
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Facebook is encouraging grooming by offering teenage girls middle-aged men as 'friend suggestions.'
According to Facebook, the company has safeguards to protect children. Facebook is encouraging grooming by offering teenage girls "friend suggestions" of middle-aged men, according to reports. Facebook has said that was not a typical experience for teenagers for signing up for the service and that it has safeguards built into its recommendation system. The term "child grooming" refers to befriending and establishing an emotional connection with children in an attempt to lower their inhibitions towards sexual abuse. Following the findings, UK-based charity the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children NSPCC has called for friend recommendations to be suspended for children on the social networking giant's platform. However, the campaigners warn that the networking giant must do more to stop groomers who use the site to become friendly with children.
X-RATED photos are being shared by hundreds of people on a Facebook group in which anyone including children could join. Entitled "UK Sexy Singles Come and Mingle", the group initially seems like an innocent place for single people across Britain to meet others. Please post an introduction when you join so people can interact with you. However one insider has told how while the group advertises itself as a place for people to meet and begin meaningful relationships, the group is actually a "non-stop stream of porn which anyone can join". The insider added: "I joined the group with a blank profile, no picture, no nothing.
But last week it hit the headlines for a far more undesirable reason: a year-old boy from the town was arrested for posting a pornographic video of himself and his girlfriend on Facebook. For many adults, the reaction was disbelief and horror. But for teenagers themselves? But the result can be devastating. When Jane was just 12, explicit photos of her were posted online. When Beatbullying carried out a poll of 2, children in , they found a third of children had received a sexually explicit message online, while a quarter had received an image. Worryingly, nearly 20 per cent did not think there was anything wrong with full nudity in such images, while 40 per cent thought toplessness was acceptable.