Apple warned to pull Facebook and Instagram from its Store over worries regarding the platform being used as a tool to sell “khadima or maids” in the Middle East. Thousands of pages of internal Facebook documents have been released showing workers’ anger over the instigation of violence on social media and how iPhone-maker imperiled to remove the app amid abuse concerns.
After candidly vowing to crack down, Facebook accredited in The Associated Press-obtained internal documents that it was under-imposing on confirmed abusive actions that saw Filipina maids grumbling on the social network site of being abused. But later on, Apple changed its mind, and both Instagram and Facebook remained in the Apple Store.
Frances Hauge, a former Facebook data scientist-turned whistleblower, obtained these documents. She is facing MPs today as they examine the British government’s intentions to crack down on harmful content on the social network. Previously, in September, Haugen gave pieces of evidence to America about the risk she expresses Facebook poses, from harming our young children to urging political violence and driving misinformation.
According to the internal FB documents, Apple issued the warning in 2019, mentioning examples of graphics of maids and their biographic details appearing online. Moreover, AP reported that even today, a quick search for maids would bring up accounts featuring posed pictures of South Asians and Africans with ages and prices detailed next to their photographs.
After the social media firm took action and disabled over a thousand accounts, Apple evidently dropped its threat about a week before. Moreover, Facebook stated it took the issue of “khadima abuse” seriously, in spite of the sustained spread of adverts exploiting workers in the Mideast.
One Facebook internal document reads that in their inquiry, domestic employees often grumbled to their employers of being locked in their houses, starved, pressed to continue their contracts indefinitely, unpaid, and frequently sold to other recruiters without consent. In response, the recruitment agencies frequently told them to be more willing.
The report also read that they found agencies dismissing more severe crimes, like sexual assault, rather than assisting domestic workers.
Furthermore, the social media giant said they prohibit human exploitation in no uncertain terms. They’ve been battling human trafficking on their platform for years, and their intent remains to avoid anyone who pursues to exploit others from having a home on their platform.