Video of a child being sexually abused went viral on Facebook and was shared over 16,000 times.
Facebook Users Angry After Clip of Child Porn Shared Thousands of Times
Facebook has stirred up controversy after a video of a child being sexually abused went viral and was shared over 16,000 times.
Thousands of Facebook users saw the footage last night on their news feeds and some went to Twitter to talk about their disgust.
Those who saw the clip said it included a young girl being abused by an older man. The video had been shared 16,000 times and had almost 4,000 likes.
As the video spread, some users even took screenshots of the clip and uploaded them onto Twitter to warn others of it.
Many have started questioning the site's "state-of-the-art firewall" and how the video was able to get past it.
One Twitter user said, "There's a legitimate child porn video circulating on Facebook!! nearly 4k likes and over 16k shares in under 7 hours...the world is sick."
Another user wrote, "There is child porn on my Facebook timeline... I'm so f***ing angry."
A spokesperson for Facebook 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."
Though the incident is surprising to many users, it's not as surprising to some, as the site relied on users to report inappropriate images up until 2011.
An expose published by WND.com revealed a large amount of child pornography being shared on the site, including graphic photos of children.
Some photos included photos of children forced to have sex with each other, being raped by adults and forced to expose their genitals to the camera.
In May, Microsoft's PhotoDNA helped remove the images from the website.