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Disturbing viral Facebook post shows man sexually abusing child

Posted at 3:53 PM, Mar 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-22 17:01:26-04

Facebook users have been contacting the PIX11 news desk to complain about a disturbing image that has been popping up on their walls.  The disgusting screen grab was apparently taken from a child porn video depicting sex between a man and a young girl.

The video went viral overnight and was shared more than 32,000 times and liked over 5,000 before Facebook finally pulled it.

In a statement, Facebook responded saying:

“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 exploitive content.

“We are pleased that this material was reported to us quickly enabling its swift removal.”

“Swift” may be a subjective statement, but the breach raises questions about how such an explicit video could pass Facebook’s detection system that has been so good at weeding out images such as these.

Thursday evening Facebook messages and phone calls flooded into the PIX11 news desk.

One viewer wrote, “Dear pix11 news—-there are no words to describe how i feel at this moment watching this video.  You have warn to people and protect the children.  See what you can do.”

Another viewer says “My fiance is a police officer and and I showed it to him and it brought him to tears….do something now!”

PIX11 contacted the FBI, police and Facebook about the video.