Facebook failed to spot 450,000 sick posts in three months and only took them down after the public reacted

The social media giant only tackled the violent or graphic content after being alerted by the public.

Specialist teams took down 15.4million items worldwide between July and September. Facebook’s technology removed 97 per cent but it relied on the public for the rest.

The site vows to axe images that glorify violence, suffering or humiliation. The figures were in a letter to Lord Evans, chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life.

Facebook also removed two million bullying posts but 85 per cent of those incidents, were reported by users.

Founder Mark Zuckerberg said last week: “These really are not issues that you ever fix.

The news comes days after it emerged a child bride was auctioned off on the platform under the nose of executives

“They are issues that you manage over time and we need to get them to a good level.”

Kevin Foster MP said: "A company with the resources of Facebook must ensure they take swift and prompt action to ensure violent and graphic content, bullying or sexual abuse images are taken down.”

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