Child porn video appears on Facebook, goes viral

Posted Mar 24, 2013 by Arthur Weinreb
Facebook users were outraged when a child pornography video appeared in their news feeds. But some people who used social media to express their displeasure actually helped to further circulate the illegal video.
Digital Journal
The video began to appear in the news feeds in the middle of last week. The video, that depicted an older man engaging in sex with an underage girl, appeared in the news feed of at least 20,000 Facebook users.
When it came to their attention, Facebook immediately removed the illegal video. 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 exploitative content. We are pleased that this material was reported to us quickly enabling its swift removal."
iTech Post reports although the video was only online for about two hours before it was removed, it appeared during a time when traffic on the web was high.
Someone in Nevada saw a location stamp on the video that indicated it originated in Texas and contacted the Dallas police. According to police, the video is old and has been circulating for years. Police agencies and the FBI have been looking for the man since 2005.
Many people who took to social media to show their disgust actually helped spread the video by commenting on it or posting it on their Facebook wall. Dean Obernesser, of the Oneida Child Advocacy Centre in upstate New York, said, "You have now distributed child pornography, which is a violation of federal law. You have disseminated indecent material which is a violation of state law. Not that people are doing this intentionally, they're just so shaken by the video."
While it is impossible to see the video on Facebook now, people who saw it and tweeted about it said it had at least 4,000 "likes."
Police advise if anyone sees illegal content on Facebook or another social media site they should not comment on it or disseminate it. They should contact the social media site and the police.