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Feds issue warning on child porn video being shared on Facebook

February 4, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds issue warning on child porn video being shared on Facebook

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The FBI and several police departments across the U.S. are urging users not to share a child porn video that’s been going viral on Facebook.

Law enforcement officials said the footage shows a pornographic image of a young girl and an adult male.

After the video began gaining attention on Facebook, law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. launched an investigation.

Authorities are also advising people not to share the video because it is illegal.

Memphis Police officials said that if a pornographic photo shows up on your page, it must be deleted and Facebook must be notified immediately.

“Sharing the image is distribution, and you could be criminally charged for doing so,” the department stated. “We understand that sharing information sometimes brings a criminal to justice, but sharing amongst friends is not the way to do it.”

“If you saved it, if you posted it to your page, if you sent it to someone else… you’re disseminating child porn, and that’s a felony,” Tim Gann, an attorney in Alabama, told WHNT. “If you are in possession of (the video), no matter your good intentions, that is also a felony.”

Police added that once the image is reported on Facebook, the company will alert police immediately.

A police department in Alabama is reportedly handling the video.

Other agencies, including the Chicago Police Department, have indicated that they are investigating as well. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that social media users started contacting police “regularly” to report the footage on Friday.

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