Child Porn Apps Get Google Ad Revenue off Zuckerberg Owned WhatsApp
Both Google and Facebook are under fire today, after an exclusive report from Tech Crunch shows that each of the companies gave advertising revenue to child pornography discovery applications which dominate WhatsApp.
Third party applications for WhatsApp allow users to search for hidden groups, many of which pedophiles and child sexual predators frequent to share their content.
Research shows that the applications hosted links to child pornography rings which ran Google's AdMob, Google Firebase, and Facebook Audience Network which would, in turn, cut the apps a share of profits from advertising with Google. A nifty, for profit, and illegal money-making scheme that involves some of the silicon valleys largest tech companies.
Tech Crunch broke the story last week, which shows that users of chatrooms on WhatsApp are being used to spread child pornographic materials across the platform unbeknown to those engaging in the distribution.
"Facebook, meanwhile, blamed Google Play, saying the apps’ eligibility for its Facebook Audience Network ads was tied to their availability on Google Play and that the apps were removed from FAN when booted from the Android app store," Tech Crunch reported.
At that time there were 256 known chat groups where pedophiles and child sexual predators had joined to share illicit images and videos of prepubescent children engaged in sexual relations with adults.
In a report from the Financial Times, it was discovered that those groups remained online with an average user base even after Facebook was tipped-off. "It is a disaster: but now it's on WhatsApp," one of the researchers stated.
Law enforcement and politicians have criticized the heavily encrypted platforms such as WhatsApp because it prevents security firms or government agencies from monitoring transmissions. In the same sense, privacy advocates prefer to utilize this type of software for its overall effectiveness.
CNET recently said that WhatsApp has received heavy criticisms for what it calls their failure to remove child pornography.
Where WhatsApp shines is in its end-to-end encryption, giving users the ability to securely communicate. According to the report, that's also what attracts those seeking to share child pornographic materials via the platform.
Below is the initial report titled, “Child Exploitation On WhatsApp by Screen Savers and Netivei Reshet - English - Tech Crunch,” in its entirety.
Facebook doubled its security and moderation staff in early 2018 from 10,000 employees to 20,000 employees, hoping to curb the increased distribution of child pornographic materials on Facebook. As we know, numerous child porn rings from around the globe have used Facebook to spread their degenerate and perverse sexual desire to engage in intimate or forced sexual relations with prepubescent children.
That's not to say Facebook is responsible, though. Facebook has assisted law enforcement when needed with similar cases.
However, the growth of those pedophiles using Facebook and WhatsApp to engage in their illicit criminal enterprises continues to see a rise in totals.
WhatsApp has a total of 300 employees, giving it far fewer resources in tracking down the pedophiles who sought to engage in illicit child pornographic distribution. The New Yorker says that there are 1.5 billion users on WhatsApp, meaning that the ratio for the number of messages per reviewable.
The application itself is easy to access, with both iOS and Android versions readily available for download on both respective brands. This also increases the likelihood of which children will download the application, creating a dynamic of potentially easily-accessible prey for the child predators who scour Facebook, Twitter, Kik, Tumblr, or other platforms in search of children.
There are documented cases where a child sexual predator uses a fictitious identity in order to lure underage children into adding them as a “friend,” or giving out third-party contacts for apps like WhatsApp.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is also bringing down suspected child-sex offenders through Operation Predator.
You can also contact ICE via the Operation Predator application for mobile devices. ICE has created a smartphone app – the first of its kind in U.S. federal law enforcement – designed to seek the public's help with fugitive and unknown suspect child predators.
It is also time that we as a society hold our elected officials accountable in demanding stricter punishments be enforced with tough new legislation against anyone who would victimize a child, of either life imprisonment, of capital punishment. Oftentimes, they are released and re-offend. There is no rehabilitation for child sex offenders.
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