Amanda Todd’s mother, Carol Todd, has signed a letter urging Facebook to correct "serious systemic design defects" that put children and teens in danger.
Released today (November 14), the letter is addressed to Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and also signed by former Vancouver city council candidate Sandy Garossino, children's singer Raffi Cavoukian, former councillor Peter Ladner, and more than a dozen other prominent B.C. residents.
"Facebook has become a brand feared by parents, when it should be one they can trust," the letter states.
The letter notes that Amanda Todd was blackmailed through Facebook by an adult predator who impersonated teens, and that Facebook's photo-sharing app Instagram features "tens of thousands of images of children uploaded by their babysitters" and available for public viewing.
"Known security gaps in a proliferating host of mobile applications have converted mainstream social media sites into highly effective devices for predators and abusive bullies. And in what can only be described as the cruelest irony, YouTube now sells advertising on Amanda’s desperate video cry for help, while in a well-documented trend, her Facebook memorial page was desecrated," the letter says.
The letter writers argue Facebook users should be "secure from contact with unscrupulous predators and abusers". They're asking the company to lead the social-media industry in making changes to block predators from having access to kids on social-networking sites.