Facebook and child pornography are not words that people normally link together. In fact, Facebook, as the world’s largest social networking site, is a hotbed of “miracle” stories, like a man who donated his kidney to save someone’s life, or even parents hoping to adopt finding the perfect child.
Unfortunately, along with all of the good stories, there are the bad. WND’s Chelsea Shilling recently released a report regarding the issue of Facebook and child pornography, showing just how easy it is for pedophiles to friend each other and share their interests, including pictures and videos of children performing and going through horrifying acts.
Shilling reports that Facebook has a “dark underbelly” where pictures of child pornography are easily available to the public, just a mouse-click away. She writes that:
“As part of an undercover news investigation, WND used alias Facebook profiles and located dozens of child-porn images after ‘friending’ many likely pedophiles and predators who trade thousands of pornographic photos on the social network.”
The pedophiles and rapists use fake names, like “Kidsex Young.” Shilling and other WND writers used their aliases to find over 19 child pornography Facebook pages. They also discovered that the people who “liked” these pages had interests like “incest” “PTHC (pre-teen hardcore sex” and “Justin Bieber,” code words for their awful interests.
Their friends were a combination of other pedophiles like them, and unsuspecting children they had befriended, and likely attempted to coerce into sending them nude pictures. The term “PedoBear” is also one synonymous with most of the groups and fake Facebook profiles.
With the seemingly huge amount of child pornography on the world’s most popular social networking site, it is surprising that there is little policing done by the site about the issue. Shilling states that:
“Despite repeated requests, Facebook did not respond to phone calls and emails from WND about the numerous images, videos or explicit “like” groups favored by sexual deviants.”
Michelle Collins is vice president for the exploited children division at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, or NCMEC, told WND that:
“The law requires them, if they become aware of it, to report it. With the global nature of this – and companies the size of Google and Facebook and others – they have individuals using their systems from every part of the globe. So, in many cases, we have received reports from the companies that actually indicate child pornography images were uploaded from [locations around the world]. … The average last year was about three days for the content to be removed.”
What do you think Facebook should do about controlling child pornography on its site?