It appears that Facebook quickly fixed the problem and today it released a statement apologizing for the alarming issue. "We're very sorry this happened. As soon as we became aware of these offensive predictions we removed them," the company said. "Facebook search predictions are representative of what people may be searching for on Facebook and are not necessarily reflective of actual content on the platform. We do not allow sexually explicit imagery, and we are committed to keeping such content off of our site."
But this is the second Facebook issue to involve sexual content and children this month. The website recently ran a survey that asked users if adults should be allowed to ask children for sexual pictures. Facebook removed the survey and said in a statement, "We have prohibited child grooming on Facebook since our earliest days; we have no intention of changing this and we regularly work with the police to ensure that anyone found acting in such a way is brought to justice."
However, Facebook isn't the only major company to let such disturbing search suggestions through. Last year, YouTube came under fire for its predictive search function which also suggested sexual content involving children. Google has also had to address issues with offensive results in both its search and in Maps.
Facebook is looking into why the phrases suddenly began appearing in users' searches and the company says it's working to improve the quality of its suggestions, CNET reports.