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Friday, 27 August 2010 09:25

Facebook failed to warn cops of a kiddie porn ring

Written by Nick Farell
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Was told a number of times
Facebook management failed tell coppers about the activity of an international child pornography syndicate operating on their site despite being told by one of the ring's members. The social notworking site's failures were uncovered when Aussie federal police were investigating the syndicate, which had been using fake online identities.

The director of the AFP High Tech Crime Centre, Neil Gaughan told the Sydney Morning Herald that Facebook knew of the existence of these pages containing kiddie porn and removed the profiles. But it did not tell the coppers. Within hours, the groups were re-formed.

Cops arrested dozens of people involved in the ring, including two Melbourne men, aged 33 and 18, and a 26-year-old from Port Kembla. A British-based man police say is the ringleader was due to face an English court. All 11 are accused of creating Facebook pages under false identities and using the pages to distribute and view graphic sexual images of children.

One of the Australians, told how he had sent up to 10 messages to Facebook allegedly informing them about the ring, but the company failed to pass the information to police.

Nick Farell

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