Jun 13, 2017

Child sex offenders using Facebook investigation finds

Facebook accounts belonging to convicted child sex offenders have been uncovered by a BBC investigation. BBC Radio 4's File on 4 programme discovered 22 profiles belonging to men convicted of child sex offences, which included grooming a child on Facebook and attempting to meet her for sex. Stephanie, a mother-of-eight, said convicted child sex offenders who remained on social media posed a huge risk. By comparing police mug shots and media coverage of child sex abuse cases and cross-referencing them with the details on Facebook, File on 4 tracked down accounts belonging to 22 convicted offenders. Facebook has a rule that forbids convicted sex offenders from using its site and has a portal for people to report pages belonging to offenders.

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