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Well-meaning Facebook fans give child porn video 16 000 shares.
Scott Dunlop

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Article originally in Parent24
A child porn video went viral last week on social media, reportedly gathering 16 000 likes and 4 000 ‘likes’ in only 7 hours on Facebook before it was removed.

“Why is there child porn in my FB feed?”


According to Buzzfeed, it’s not certain who originally posted the child porn video (or why), but it went viral so quickly that Facebook struggled to contain it. The video shows a man with brown hair and a dark circular mark on his right forearm sexually abusing a young girl- although, according to FoxNews, the FBI has stated that the pornographic video itself is old and was first spotted online in May 2005.

Facebook has issued a statement in condemnation of the video, ““This material has absolutely no place on Facebook. We have zero tolerance for child pornography being uploaded onto Facebook and we are extremely aggressive in preventing and removing child exploitive content."

While the video has reportedly been removed from the social network, police have warned users not to comment on any threads relating to the video, and to not open the link. The share/like facilities make it too easy for shocking material to be disseminated. Screen-grabs from the video were also being uploaded to Twitter.

From all accounts, it would appear that most of the sharing took place not by perverted sickos, but by well-meaning people wanting to expose the adult taking part in the video.

The problem is that sharing explicit material such as child pornography, even if your intention is to do good, constitutes a crime for which you could be arrested- the distribution of child pornography.

What to do


If you see explicit/offensive/pornographic material relating to kids on Facebook, do not open links, share those status updates or comment in comment threads. Report the user.

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