Raymond Bechard is an Author, Producer and Human Rights Advocate. For over 25 years he has worked to provide justice, tolerance and equality to people around the world.View All Posts
Facebook is a household name for millions of people around the world who use it to make friends, share pictures, and discuss common interests. But increasingly, those people include pedophiles who are using Facebook to share illicit images of children and sell kids for sex. Recently, the BBC proved what I’ve been saying for years.
Our 1.5 million member group, Heroes Rising, began uncovering the extent of child pornography on Facebook beginning in 2010 – and it’s massive. In the course of our research, Heroes Rising discovered thousands of false profiles created each month featuring child pornography and code words used to connect with other pedophiles. In one day-long sweep alone, one Heroes Rising member found over 1,400 images of child pornography, from toddlers up to 14-year-olds.
As you’ll see in the BBC report, Child pornography on Facebook primarily manifests through “Secret” groups created by pedophiles to share photos and videos of abused children and through profiles of abused children, created by their pimps or abusers. Often, specific sex acts can be “ordered” on Facebook, and can include extreme violence and heinous brutality.
Despite the severity and prevalence of child pornography on Facebook, the company has not implemented effective policies or procedures to prevent child pornography or cooperate with law enforcement to report illegal images. It’s time Facebook took child pornography on their site seriously, and made it their responsibility to stop facilitating these crimes.