Only, contrary to most reports — see: “This virtual 10-year-old-girl just outed 1000 sexual predators,” along with many other misleading headlines — this virtual girl did not take down 1,000 predators.The media race to the little-girl-gets-bad-guys story line — which comes with the added appeal of technology being used to combat the very evils that it allows — passed over two important facts: 1) “Webcam child sex tourism” is not only , but it’s a phenomenon that has exploded in the last year, and 2) a virtual avatar wasn’t even needed to snare most of these men and one woman.Facebook App: Open links in External Browser There is a specific issue with the Facebook in-app browser intermittently making requests to websites without cookies that had previously been set.
We may live in the age of “To Catch a Predator,” but those who turn to abusing children via webcam — especially when the victim lives in poverty in the Philippines — believe that no one is watching. Terre des Hommes estimates that “tens of thousands of kids, some of them only six years old, are abused behind cams in the Philippines alone.” Worldwide, there have only been six webcam sex abuse arrests, five of which happened in the past year.
If you read the actual report that accompanied Terre des Hommes’ press release, as I did (pushes up glasses), you’ll find that Sweetie was only used to identify 20 of the 1,000 alleged predators.
The report says: In the majority of this research, Sweetie was not used.
The simplest approach to avoid this problem is to continue to use the Facebook app but not use the in-app browser.
The rise of the internet comes along online predators who created cybersex dens and took advantage of poverty.