By: FP Intern Bethany McArthur
[Note from writer: We have been reporting on WND’s writer Chelsea Shilling’s multipart series on child pornography on Facebook since early May. This article will not only summarize part 3 of the series, but it will additionally provide you with a list of actions that Freedom’s Promise believe will help in fighting this horrid exploitation of children on Facebook.]
With the privacy and report settings, it is hard to believe that Facebook could actually be a host to child pornography. However, children are constantly being sexually abused and exploited on the social networking site. After writer Chelsea Shilling released part 1 of her series, Facebook sent an email in reference to the sites problem with child porn. The email stated, “Nothing is more important to Facebook than the safety of the people that use our site and this material has absolutely 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.” If Facebook really means what they say, why are people still allowed to like and comment the page titled “Young nude teen girls”?
While reporting these images seems like the most logical way to get them removed, it is considerably ineffective. In the second part of her article she references a campaign composed of caring citizens, NGO members, and private businesses entitled “Stop Child Porn on Facebook”. The campaign is heavily dedicated to ending the exploitation of children on the social networking site. By using Shilling’s reports, the campaigns information, and our own research we have discovered some additional methods that could be more effective in our efforts to remove these images. For instance,
- Sign a petition on www.stopchildpornonfacebook.com
- Contact members of congress and insist on their action. http://www.house.gov/representatives/ http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
- Create a Facebook page or join a FB page that stands for stopping child porn. (For ex. Stop Child Porn Join and Invite) .
- If you come across child porn on Facebook contact the FBI’s Innocent Images National Initiative and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children rather than Facebook personally. FBI: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/cyber/innocent or 1-800-843-5678. Missing & Exploited Children: http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PageServlet? LanguageCountry=en_US&PageId=261 or 703-224-2150
- Send a 1st class delivered postcard to the Facebook offices saying that the asbuse and exploitation of children is wrong, you want these images taken off Facebook and for Facebook to report to law enforcement. Address: Facebook Corporate Office Headquarters 1601 Willow Road Menlo Park,California 94025.
- Educate our children on the issue. Encourage them to report to FBI if they come across pedophile or child pornography.
- Please contact Freedoms Promise if you have other ideas and we will consider and post.
The 3rd part of her series centers on investing in Facebook. According to Shilling’s piece, Facebook was set to raise $13.6 billion in an initial public offering. However, during the IPO process, Facebook raised $16 billion and sold 420 million shares. Facebook is now worth 28 dollars per share. She stated, “It’s the most-anticipated tech stock debut in a decade.” She also mentioned a quote from author, human trafficking activists, and co-founder of www.stopchildpornonfacebook.com, Raymond Bechard. He stated, “If you are investing in Facebook, you are investing in a channel for child pornography and commercial sexual exploitation. There’s no doubt about that.” Reading this poses the question: Where is your money really going? Is it going solely to a social networking site, or is your money benefiting the mind of a pedophile?