It’s unclear if the subjects of all those photos are adults.Unless a user flags a post, however, it’s likely that it would never come to the site’s attention. Play it to pump yourself up while you're getting ready.
In the comments of the infamous “Teen Dating and Flirting,” a boy named Jordan has been pushing his alternative: a closed group he created called “Øffîčïåł :) Téëñš Øñłÿ Grøüp ,” which bans adults, bullying, self-harm and anything “RELATED TO SEXUAL STUFF.” It includes the number for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline in its sidebar, and promises to weed out anyone who’s older than 19.
The idea, one administrator told The Post via Facebook chat, is that teens can connect and discuss things online that they may not be able to discuss in person.
Like most large social networks, Facebook relies almost entirely on users to police each other and proactively report content that violates site standards.
In other words, if 18,000 kids are posting porn in a private group and none of them reports it as abuse, that content may never come to Facebook’s attention.
And in the wake of the news that Nicole Lovell frequented teen dating groups, some are asking why Facebook hasn’t acted to remove them.
On Sunday, the advocacy organization Justice for Children Without Voices reported “Teen Dating and Flirting” as a violation of Facebook’s standards, and received notification that Facebook would suspend it within 24 hours.
That’s sparked a wave of outrage and concern from parents, educators and advocates.
[Virginia Tech students charged in the death of Blacksburg 13-year-old] “The teen dating sites on FB needs to be removed,” posted Help Save The Next Girl, a Virginia-based advocacy group.
“A lot of people don’t like people in person so they use alternatives like Facebook,” he wrote.
“It helps with social anxiety kinda.” Parents’ great fear, of course, is that in many cases these groups increase teens’ anxieties — to say nothing of the potential harms they expose themselves to when they share pictures with strangers.
Then break eye contact just long enough to glance down at their lips.