Facebook apologized for suggesting disturbing videos to users, and warning, they were *really* disturbing
Trigger warning: The below content may be triggering for sexual abuse and assault survivors.
If you’ve searched anything on Facebook in the last 12 hours, then you might have noticed something was seriously wrong with the social media platform’s search bar results. At around 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 15th, typing the phrase “video of” into Facebook’s search bar prompted some users to see sexually disturbing and violent autocomplete suggestions.
The first autocomplete suggestion that popped up was “video of girl sucking d*** under water” followed by other explicit results, including, “video of florida school shooting,” “video of child abuse,” and “video of little girl giving oral.”
While clicking on the search results (thankfully) didn’t bring many users to the specific results pages, it’s alarming that Facebook could allow something like this to happen. Facebook has since apologized and said it was investigating the matter.
But the company’s apology did not stop users from sharing screenshots of the NSFW results on Twitter.
It’s still unclear exactly what went wrong with Facebook’s algorithm, but as of right now, everything seems to be back to normal. Let’s hope the website makes sure to never (ever) let this happen again.