This past weekend a video went viral on Facebook. It was footage of an Alabama minor performing sexual acts on a older male.
Yes, we’ve entered into the age where child pornography has become viral content for social media.
If you’ve seen this video in your feed, do NOT under any circumstances, share the video. Sharing the video does not help law enforcement identify the predator. It actually re-victimizes the sufferer and widens the spread of the video. It also makes you part of the investigation, since disseminating child pornography is a felony. That could mean jail time.
Instead, if you do come across this video in your timeline, officials ask that you report the video to Facebook, and call the police. Contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).
Social media houses a lot of content. It is a resource to keep us connected. However, child pornography should never be a part of that content. What are some ways you report issues on social media?