Police issue warning on child porn video being shared on Facebook

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA/WAVY) – Several police departments are warning users to not share a video that’s been circulating on Facebook.

Authorities say the video shows a pornographic image of a young girl and an adult man.

ColumbusPolice, has received several calls regarding a video containing child porn being received via Facebook Messenger. Agencies from Missouri, Alabama and Tennessee have also received reports. Federal authorities have been notified. DO NOT OPEN OR FORWARD THE LINK!!!

— Columbus Ohio Police (@ColumbusPolice) February 3, 2018

After the video began circulating on Facebook, several law enforcement agencies throughout the country began investigating.

People are beginning to share the image hoping to identify a possible child sex abuser; however, agencies are warning people to not share the video because it is illegal.

Memphis police say if a pornographic image shows up on your page, you need to contact Facebook immediately and delete it from your account.

“Sharing said image is considered distribution and you could be criminally charged for doing so,” the department said. “We understand that sharing information sometimes brings a criminal to justice, but sharing amongst Facebook friends is not the way to do it.”

Police say once the image is reported on Facebook, the company will notify law enforcement immediately.

According to Memphis police, the video is being handled by a law enforcement agency in Alabama.

Other agencies, including the Chicago Police Department, have said they are investigating as well. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, social media users began contacting authorities “regularly” to report the video Friday night.

10 On Your Side reached out to Portsmouth Police who say they are aware of the situation and do not believe it originated in Portsmouth. Portsmouth Police spokesperson Misty Holley emphasized to not share the video because it’s a very serious crime and would be breaking the law by spreading child pornography.

Stay with WAVY.com for developments.

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