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Police warn public to stop sharing viral Facebook child porn video or face jail

By Alexis Bell 5:23 AM February 5, 2018
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Police around the United States are warning people not to share a viral Facebook child porn video with them or with anyone.

Police in Marietta, Georgia, said that they were notified by concerned citizens after they received a child pornography video in their Facebook inbox.

The video reportedly shows a child being raped. Many people were distraught by seeing the video and they want to share it with someone who may be able to help and rescue the victim.

However, police are warning everyone not to forward it to police or to anyone else as you may face charges for distribution of child pornography, which carries a jail sentence.

Authorities said that if you receive this video, you should not share it with anyone. Notify Facebook immediately then delete the file from your Facebook account.

“Facebook will automatically notify the appropriate authorities when an inappropriate video is reported,” police explained.

“Sharing this image is considered distribution and you could be criminally charged for doing so. Some people might think that sharing it with the ‘right person’ could help solve the crime.

“In this case, that is incorrect information and we do not want to see an innocent person get in trouble. We urge everyone to follow the steps above,” police said in a statement on Facebook.

The FBI and police are working to locate the victim through the video that they believe was recorded in Alabama.