Fury as child abuse picture goes viral on Facebook with 16,000 'shares' and 4,000 'likes'22/03/2013 22:24
- The clip was of a young girl apparently being abused by a grown man
- Some users shared grabs of video on Twitter to alert others of the danger
- Twitter hosted a torrent of furious tweets asking how clip got onto Facebook
- Facebook removed clip 'swiftly', but already seen by thousands of users
By Matt Blake
Disgust: Hundreds of users logged onto Facebook yesterday to find the disturbing footage appear on their personal news feed
Facebook has sparked fury after a graphic child abuse video went viral on the social network, reportedly being 'shared' over 16,000 times.
Thousands of users logged onto their accounts last night to find the horrifying footage appear on their personal news feed and instantly took to Twitter to vent their disgust.
According to users who saw the clip, apparently of a young girl being abused by a grown man, it had already been shared over 16,000 times and received almost 4,000 'likes'.
Even more disturbingly, users then began uploading and sharing screen grabs of the video on Twitter in an apparent bid to alert fellow Twitterati of the horrifying content.
Many more voiced their outrage on rival website Twitter at how the video could be shared on Facebook despite the site’s extensive reporting tools.
User Harmony wrote: 'theres a legitimate child porn video circulating on Facebook!! nearly 4k likes and over 16k shares in under 7 hours... this world is sick.'
Maddison Twatter wrote: 'There is child porn on my Facebook timeline... I'm so f******* angry.'
Another user called Nicholas added: 'Someone posted child porn on Facebook and its spreading like wildfire. Why the **** would someone do that to a child.'
A Facebook spokesperson said: 'Nothing is more important to Facebook than the safety of the people that use our site, and this material has no place on Facebook.
'We have zero tolerance for child pornography being uploaded onto Facebook and are extremely aggressive in preventing and removing child exploitative content.
'We are pleased that this material was reported to us quickly enabling its swift removal.'