A federal task force has recommended that social media sites remove “harmful” material and protect users from cyberbullies, a move that could force some users to choose between privacy and the safety of their friends and family.
The Federal Cybercrime Task Force issued a report in March recommending that companies remove some material deemed to be harmful to users and provide greater protections to users’ information and personal information.
The report was based on data gathered from a survey of 1,000 people who said they had experienced cyberbulling.
It also suggested the social media platforms should allow users to report cyberbullings and the companies should allow them to remove content that violates their terms of service.
The report did not recommend that companies suspend accounts or take down content.
The task force also noted that social networks such as Facebook are still required to monitor user behavior and that it was unclear what the impact of such monitoring would be on their users.
But Facebook’s vice president for community, community engagement and engagement, John Hartnett, said in a statement that the social network was moving toward removing harmful material, and it is working to ensure that its policies and practices are being followed.
The company does not allow users who post harmful content to comment or to share information with one another, Hartnetts said.
Hartnett said the company will work with Congress and the government to ensure the safety and security of its users, and to protect the privacy of its members.