PreviousNext

Shocking report shows how child porn is openly traded on Facebook despite censorship efforts

By // News | Shocking report shows how child porn is openly traded on Facebook despite censorship efforts
Email to a friend Plain text Print version // Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 19:16 EST, 6 May 2012 | UPDATED: 23:04 EST, 6 May 2012

It is the world's largest photo-sharing website, boasting 901million monthly users as of March, 2012.

But Facebook, despite its effort to censor illegal images, has become a den for pedophiles trading graphic images, according to a new report.

An exposé published by WND.com has revealed a disturbing amount of child pornography being shared by predators on the social network.

Disturbing: A screenshot of a Facebook user who calls themselves 'Kidsex Young' appeared to facilitate the trading of illegal images and videos between their friends

Disturbing: A screenshot of a Facebook user who calls themselves 'Kidsex Young' appeared to facilitate the trading of illegal images and videos

Graphic photos of children, including infants and toddlers, were uncovered by reporter Chelsea Schilling.

A screenshot of a Facebook user page called 'Kidsex Young' shows a timeline of approved friend requests between users allegedly trading photos and videos of abuse.

On the page, one user asks others, 'Care to trade vids?' Another posts a clip of a naked man fondling a baby, Ms Schilling reports.

Some censored screenshots published on the website were taken from entire albums of children forced into acts by pedophiles.

Others too graphic to publish included photographs of children forced to have sex with each other, being raped by adults, and forced to expose their genitals to the camera. 

Social network: All illegal photographs and illicit Facebook pages were reported to the FBI

Social network: All illegal photographs and illicit Facebook pages were reported to the FBI

All illegal photographs and illicit Facebook pages were reported to the FBI.

But this disturbing underbelly of the popular social networking website is not a new revelation to the company, which until last year relied heavily on reports from its users about illegal activity.

Last May, the inclusion of Microsoft's PhotoDNA program helped to cull through images and data quickly in a bid to police the website and rid it of abuse.

Facebook said at the time the program was used to search for several thousand illegal images among the 200million uploaded each day, focusing on children under 12 as part of an initiative to battle 'the worst of the worst'.

The program is able to search for some of the thousands of photographs collected by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), which helps to identify and aide victims and cooperates with authorities on investigations into their origins.

However, a disturbing amount of exploitative content remains, according to the WND report.

Groups available to Facebook users uncovered by the network included: Kidsex Young, Preteen Lesbians, 10-17 Teen Bisexual, PTHC (or preteen hard-core pornography), 12 to 13 Boy Sex, Young Gay Pics and Movie Trade, Gangbanging, Teen Sex, Love Little Kids, Incest Forever, Menfor Babygirls, Sex Little Girls and Nude Teens.

Facebook did not respond to MailOnline's request for comment at press time.

However, Michelle Collins, vice president for the exploited children division at NCMEC, said the organisation receives reports from all social networking companies as required by law.

'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]...' she said.

'The average last year was about three days for the content to be removed.'

Tagged : No tags for this article

Headlines Newsview all

Cheating map of UK reveals Maidenhead to be Britain's most adulterous town

One of the richest towns in Britain also has the highest number of people having extramarital affairs, according to new research. Wealthy Maidenhead tops a new ... Full story

Trainee teacher hangs himself after split from the girlfriend he couldn’t live without

A trainee teacher hanged himself on New Year’s Eve after a split from his girlfriend, an inquest heard today. Keiran Walsh, 22, split from his partner ... Full story

White Dee, Benefits Street's most infamous and shameless resident

Late on a dark and rainy night, it is all go-go-go down at White Dee’s house in Birmingham. There is a pan of fish stew ... Full story

DJ Chris Moyles claimed to be a second-hand CAR DEALER to save £1 million in celebrity tax avoidance scheme

DJ Chris Moyles claimed to be a second-hand car dealer while presenting Radio 1’s Breakfast Show in a bid to save up to £1million in ... Full story

Kym Marsh fling with personal trainer, Matt Baker

Her marriage to Jamie Lomas ended in October and now Kym Marsh has sparked romance rumours after spending Valentine's weekend in Paris with her personal ... Full story

Nicole Scherzinger shows off a bit too much

NICOLE Scherzinger and fellow leading ladies at this year's Brits spent hours getting ready for the big night.But once the after-parties kicked in, their extensive ... Full story

Mother arrested after11-month-old daughter mauled to death by dog

A mother has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after her “beautiful and adorable” 11-month-old daughter was mauled to death by a dog.Ava Jayne Marie ... Full story

London Tube strike cancelled after last minute talks

A planned 48-hour strike by London Underground workers in a row over ticket office closures has been called off after a last-minute deal was agreed.Members ... Full story

First woman bishop in the Church of England could be appointed ‘by Christmas’

The first woman bishop in the Church of England could be appointed before the end of this year, the Church’s most senior official has disclosed.William ... Full story

Bank of England must move away from its rigid unemployment target or risk losing credibility

The Bank of England must "get back to basics" and move away from its rigid unemployment target or risk losing credibility, former Bank policymakers have ... Full story

Hollywood child star Shirley Temple dies at age 85

Shirley Temple, the American actress, singer and dancer, has died at her home in California from natural causes.Temple, who began her film career in 1932 ... Full story

Comment on: Shocking report shows how child porn is openly traded on Facebook despite censorship efforts

Rate this article

1.00

Breaking News

John McCain, who was tortured for five years while held captive at the 'Hanoi Hilton,' says two-hour execution of Arizona killer was 'torture'

Double murderer Joseph Rudolph Wood was pronounced dead at 3.49pm, an hour and 57 minutes after his execution began on WednesdayMcCain says the nearly two-hour ...

Family of Dan Murphy's employee who died after diving into a shallow river during the work Christmas party, has lost its payout bid

Jukes Campbell was at a Christmas party organised by her work when she dived into a shallow section of the Noosa RiverThe Sunshine Coast mother ...

Mystery of creepy dolls left outside California homes that resemble the little girls who live there

Police are investigating the discovery of 11 dolls left on doorsteps in San ClementeThe dolls resemble the little girls who live in the homesThe motivation ...

Profits fall at luxury goods giant LVMH

Waning demand for Hennessy cognac and Louis Vuitton handbags saw first-half profits at LVMH fall 5 per cent to €2.58bn (£3.47bn). Sales at the Paris-based ...

Balfour and Carillion in talks to create £3bn construction giant

Balfour Beatty and Carillion are in merger talks that could create a £3bn blue-chip construction giant. The companies behind the London Olympics Aquatics Centre and ...

IMF moves Britain into the ‘fast lane’ for growth

The growth outlook for the UK economy has once again been upgraded significantly by the International Monetary Fund. In its latest World Economic Outlook, released yesterday, ...

Barclays fights for dismissal of US legal action over dark pool traders

Barclays has squared up for a fight with the New York Attorney General, filing a motion to dismiss his accusation that the bank misled clients ...

Mark Leftly: They needed this diver to go in at the deep end in Portsmouth

Westminster Outlook What’s the point of a reshuffle if you promote MPs to the wrong roles? Penny Mordaunt is not just an expert in belly-flopping ...