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Fury as child porn goes viral on Facebook with 16,000 ‘shares’ and 4,000 ‘likes’

  • The clip was of a young girl apparently  being abused by a grown man
  • Some users shared grabs of video on Twitter  to alert others of the danger
  • Twitter hosted a torrent of furious tweets  asking how clip got onto Facebook
  • Facebook removed clip ‘swiftly’, but already  seen by thousands of users

By  Matt Blake

PUBLISHED: 05:35 EST, 22  March 2013 |  UPDATED: 08:46 EST, 22 March 2013

 

Disgust: Hundreds of users logged onto Facebook yesterday to find the disturbing footage appear on their personal news feedDisgust: Hundreds of users logged onto Facebook  yesterday to find the disturbing footage appear on their personal news  feed

Facebook has sparked fury after a graphic  child porn video went viral on the social network, reportedly being ‘shared’  over 16,000 times.

Thousands of users logged onto their accounts  last night to find the horrifying footage appear on their personal news feed and  instantly took to Twitter to vent their disgust.

According to users who saw the clip,  apparently of a young girl being abused by a grown man, it had already been  shared over 16,000 times and received almost 4,000 ‘likes’.

Even more disturbingly, users then began  uploading and sharing screen grabs of the video on Twitter in an  apparent bid  to alert fellow Twitterati of the horrifying content.

Many more voiced  their outrage on rival website Twitter at  how the video could be smuggled past Facebook’s state-of-the-art firewall,  launched with much fanfare two years ago.

User Harmony wrote: ‘theres a legitimate  child porn video circulating on  Facebook!! nearly 4k likes and over 16k shares  in under 7 hours… this  world is sick.’

Maddison Twatter wrote: ‘There is child porn  on my Facebook timeline… I’m so f******* angry.’

Another user called Nicholas added:  ‘Someone  posted child porn on Facebook and its spreading like wildfire.  Why the ****  would someone do that to a child.’

A Facebook spokesperson said:  ‘Nothing is  more important to Facebook than the safety of the people  that use our site, and  this material has no place on Facebook.

‘We have zero tolerance for child  pornography being uploaded onto Facebook and are extremely aggressive in preventing and removing child exploitive content.

‘We are pleased that this material was  reported to us quickly enabling its swift removal.’

Disturbing: Hundreds of users woke up yesterday to find the disturbing footage appear on their personal Facebook news feed and instantly took to Twitter to vent their disgustDisturbing: Thousands of users woke up yesterday to find  the disturbing footage appear on their personal Facebook news feed and instantly  took to Twitter to vent their disgust

 

Shock: Even more disturbingly, users then began uploading and sharing screen grabs of the video on Twitter in an apparent bid to alert fellow Twitterati of the horrifying contentShock: Even more disturbingly, users then began  uploading and sharing screen grabs of the video on Twitter in an apparent bid to  alert fellow Twitterati of the horrifying content

 

Sick: The disturbing footage apparently showed a young girl being abused by a grown manSick: The disturbing footage apparently showed a young  girl being abused by a grown man

But this disturbing underbelly of the  popular social networking website is not a new revelation to the  company,  which until 2011 relied heavily on reports from its users  about illegal  activity.

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

Graphic photos of children, including infants  and toddlers, were uncovered by the site,  some taken from entire albums of  children forced into acts  by pedophiles.

Firewall: Last May, Facebook, founded by Mark Zuckerberg (pictured) incorporated Microsoft's PhotoDNA program designed to cull through images and data quickly in a bid to police the website and rid it of abuseFirewall: Last May, Facebook, founded by Mark Zuckerberg  (pictured) incorporated Microsoft’s PhotoDNA program designed to cull through  images and data quickly in a bid to police the website and rid it of  abuse

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.

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.

Troubling: Even more disturbingly, users began uploading and sharing screen grabs of the footage on Twitter in an apparent bid to alert fellow Twitterati of the horrifying contentTroubling: But this disturbing underbelly of the popular  social networking website is not a new revelation to the company, which until  2011 relied heavily on reports from its users about illegal activity

 

Anger: The video had apparently been shared over 16,000 times by by 2am GMT todayAnger: The video had apparently been shared over 16,000  times by by 2am GMT today

 

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 help victims and  cooperates with authorities on investigations into their origins.

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