Prostitution on Facebook

Every male on Facebook has experienced this phenomenon:

An attractive woman in a sexy pose asks you to be friends. If you click through, she says that she and her friends have formed a WhatsApp group for women who want sex, and she invites you to join.

It’s an obvious scam. It’s trivially easy to spot. But if you report the person, nothing happens. It doesn’t violate Facebook’s terms of service, apparently.

I got one of these recently that was a little different. Here’s how it looked:

Can you believe that Facebook allows redheads to solicit men on its platform?

Moderation is impossible

Just kidding. I’m fine with redheads. But if Facebook really wants to be a family-friendly place, how hard would it be to screen out people who are literally offering “prostitution services”?

Artificial intelligence could catch this. These “women” are obvious. They have only a few picture posts, very few friends, their friend requests are going out to people who they don’t know and have no connection with, and their main post is a solicitation to join a group for sex. And they don’t exist outside facebook (“Lilly Cole Kenia” is not a real person, at least as far as Web searches are concerned.)

Really, how hard is that?

Please share this with your local congressperson who would like an excuse to to crush Facebook through regulation — as proof that, regardless of what they say, they don’t give a crap about fairness, “family-friendly” spaces, misinformation, or anything else but continuing as they have.

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  1. I gave up Facebook two years ago. I scroll through from time to time to see what’s going on with far flung friends but don’t post. They are evil. I’ve been involved with the online industry since the 80s. We were naive I guess. It’s sad to the monster social media has become. Facebook is all about nice rhetoric with nothing behind it.

  2. I get these requests at least once a week and recently flagged the profile of one. I got a response the next day from FB’s moderation team that the profile did not violate their terms of service and would stay up. What? She’s offering prostitution services.

    OK, fine. Maybe they missed the one post on her timeline (how?). So I flagged the post this time and two days later it was taken down, the post. Her profile is still up with an empty timeline. Inept.

  3. I never have success reporting those profiles.

    But I ALWAYS have success reporting the posts.

    I always get a response from Facebook that they have removed the post and warned the user.

  4. Women of a certain age get widowed, attractive older men who are in photos with boats, nice cars, etc. They are often ex-military. We don’t fall for them either. I’m sure it is the same people setting up these profiles. I also report them. Sometimes I even do google image search and find the person whose photo they are using.

    1. it is absolutely horrible Judy I report and report and most of the time I am told that this does not violate their standards. Apparently they’re blind. I wanted to start a business profile on here, but I am hesitant because they’re so much of this going on thousands and thousands of profiles different names same pictures I just don’t get it. Facebook really needs to do better at screening these people and I’m sure it’s all fake. I talk to friends men and women we’re all getting the same thing. I hope all of our voices come together and Facebook looks at this and removes these horrible sex working people from their profiles and our social media .

  5. Often times, you can see that these accounts were originated by users with male names, located in very far-flung places, and then stayed dormant for a year or two. It’s actually rather comical how poorly concealed the scam is.

  6. You broke Facebook! Hahahaha.

    Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger are all down today in an ironic and humorous massive outage.

    I choose to give you the credit. 😁