The survey claimed the question was being asked to help decide whether such behaviour "should or should not be allowed on Facebook".
"We run surveys to understand how the community thinks about how we set policies. We have prohibited child grooming on Facebook since our earliest days".
Facebook, which wants to give your kid a messaging app, actually asked users if it would be OK for an adult man to ask a teenage girl for sexual photos.
"There are a wide range of topics and behaviors that appear on Facebook", the question asked.
A Facebook survey in its mobile app posed a hypothetical question to users, asking how they would handle "a private message in which an adult man asks a 14-year-old girl for sexual pictures". At no point did it suggest law enforcement or child protective services should be part of the equation.
The survey was shown to thousands of the social media platform's users on Sunday morning, and asked them how they thought its policy regarding child grooming should be developed.
In a statement shared with Newsweek via email, a Facebook spokesperson said: "We sometimes ask for feedback from people about our community standards and the types of content they would find most concerning on Facebook". The survey-writing idiots hanging out over in Menlo Park should maybe put down their ping pong paddles long enough to learn that we already have a system in which people get together and set standards for how unsafe behavior should be handled.
British politician Yvette Cooper branded the survey "stupid and irresponsible". She noted that it's illegal, "completely wrong and an appalling abuse and exploitation of children".
Though it appears that Facebook was pretty quick to remove the questions, there's no reason they should ever have been there in the first place. "But this kind of activity is and will always be completely unacceptable on [Facebook]", Rosen wrote.
It's important to note that messages like the one being described in the Facebook survey are generally illegal in the US and many other parts of the world. Eighty-four percent of people surveyed said they felt angry when they think of pedophiles, while 59 percent feel afraid and 40 percent feel pity. "During this period, approximately 57% of legal process we received from authorities in the USA was accompanied by a non-disclosure order legally prohibiting us from notifying the affected users".