November 15, 2011
Facebook Being Flooded With Pornographic And Violent Images
Facebook said that it is looking into reports that pornographic and violent images have been posted on the social network.
ZDnet reported that the pictures are being spread through a "linkspam virus," which tempts members to click on fake story links.
"[We are] aware of these reports and we are investigating the issue," a spokeswoman for the world's largest social networking site said in a statement.
Internet security firm Sophos said the images have "flooded" the social network over the past 24 hours.
Graham Cluely, the company's senior technology consultant, said it was not clear how the offending content was being spread.
"It's precisely this kind of problem which is likely to drive people away from the site," he wrote in a company blog. "Facebook needs to get a handle on this problem quickly, and prevent it from happening on such a scale again."
Facebook requires its members to be at least 13 years old to sign onto the service, but experts say the social network may need to issue warnings if the pictures have been seen by its youngest users.
"Facebook management may have a duty of care to encourage anyone who is underage and has viewed this to discuss it with their family or a school counselor," Sally Leivesley, managing director of NewRisk, a crisis management consultancy, said in a statement.
Some reports say that hacktivist group Anonymous may be behind the pornographic images. The group said that it had intentions to take Facebook out for a variety of reasons on November 5.
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