In most cases, child-pornography traders and pedophiles have two kinds of friends: 1) sexual deviants who have similar interests and 2) unsuspecting children they’ve found and “friended” on Facebook.
Many predators will establish a virtual relationship with a child, convince him or her to send provocative photos and even persuade the child to meet with them in person.
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“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.” Asked whether Facebook’s explicit “likes” and interest groups might aggravate the problem by allowing thousands of child predators to interact and trade photos, Collins acknowledged, “Yes, there are key words that indicate that individuals with like-minded interests in children would be flocking to. I think that’s a really good question.” Behind the images Most of these predators aren’t simply looking at child pornography images. Department of Justice explains: “In most child pornography cases, the abuse is not a one-time event, but rather ongoing victimization that progresses over months or years.