[ View the story "Alleged child molestation video spreads on Facebook" on Storify] Alleged child molestation video spreads on Facebook "Shares" and "likes" of disturbing video causes outrage.
The Stream· Fri, Mar 22 2013 13:00:56
Child porn on my news feed on Facebook? #TheWorldIsDoneForBill-Bo ㊉₣₩GҞ✞Δ
Many were shocked that it was 'liked' and shared instead of reported to law enforcement or Facebook.
Child porn on Facebook went viral & circulated for 8hrs, because reporting it to FB is just too hard #sarcasm <a href="
Some argued that those who 'liked' and shared the video on Facebook should be punished.
Even watching that video is a felony. Linking it to others, a FELONY.gawker.com
Child porn is on the rise on Facebook. Suggestion? Anyone who shares it or "likes it" is immediately banned from the site.The Grim Reaper
The sixteen THOUSAND people who shared it should face punishment. I thought it was illegal to distribute child pornography, and that's exactly what 'sharing' it over Facebook is.dailymail.co.uk
Others online disagreed.
@Shanz people don't always 'like' things because they actually like them. It's another way of passing on an image or a message to others, whether it be because they like it, are shocked by it, want to raise awareness, etc. It would be unfair to place people on the sex offenders register and brand them a paedophile if their motivation was to raise awareness, however misguided that action was. I am not defending people publicly sharing this, just saying you cannot brand them as someone who is sexually gratified by child abuse and a danger to society for possibly sharing their shock, disbelief or revulsion.dailymail.co.uk
*RT does not always equal an endorsement of opinion.David
Reddit commenter trebud69 claimed he was unable to report the video.
Others criticised Facebook for their reporting process.
I just spent a 2 or 3 minutes seeing how the abuse report system on fb works, and I couldn't figure it out. I'm sure I could...but it wasn't very obvious. I even went to help and was directed to a "report" link in the drop down settings menu; there was no link. Anyway, my point is, people probably tired to report it, but gave up quickly and decided the easiest thing to do would be to just pass it along so others could be outraged too.gawker.com
A Facebook spokesperson
The Independent they were "pleased that this material was reported to us quickly enabling its swift removal." By 'swiftly', the spokesperson is referring to the the video being removed within eight hours of its initial posting. But within that time frame, users had already taken screenshots of the video and began circulating it on other networks.
facebook left child porn up for 8 hrsRoseanne Barr
8 hours really isn't unreasonable at all. There are probably millions of flaggings everydaygawker.com
The Facebook spokesperson continued, "We have zero tolerance for child pornography being uploaded onto Facebook and are extremely aggressive in preventing and removing child exploitive content."
Some netizens did not agree with Facebook's claim of having an 'aggressive' anti-child pornography policy.
Actually, FB does not have an "aggressive" policy and there remain multiple pages clearly displaying 'soft' child porn. Just ask the guys behind "Force Facebook to Block Child Pornography"independent.co.uk
The group referred to can be found
A recent report from Dallas News' crime blog gave insight into the video's origins.
A Dallas police supervisor said investigators learned that the video may have originated from the Oak Cliff area, and police received dozens of inquiries. The Child Exploitation Unit of the department is currently investigating, the supervisor saidcrimeblog.dallasnews.com