Child porn message spreading through Facebook's Messenger app

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Authorities are warning Facebook users to not to click or share a video that reportedly depicts child pornography.

The messages have been spreading through Facebook’s Messenger app and have been reported nationwide, KSAT reports. In response, KAKE-TV has turned off its ability to receive messages on Facebook due to the viral spread of the video. 

Facebook advises those who see images or videos of a child being sexually exploited to do the following:

  • Contact local law enforcement immediately and report the photos and/or videos to Facebook.
  • People who come across images or video that depict a child being sexually exploited should also notify the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children by calling 1-800-843-5678 or visiting https://report.cybertip.org.
  • DO NOT share, download or comment on the content: It can be criminal to share, or send messages with, photos and videos of children being sexually abused and exploited. You won't be asked to provide a copy of the content in any report to Facebook.

It is a federal offense to send or possess child pornography. Federal authorities are investigating the video's origin.

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