Mexican journalist, author and activistÂ Lydia Cacho is taking on social media giant Facebook, saying that the company allows sexual predators to operate freely on their site.Â Â She recentlyÂ told media that many images of child pornography can be found on sites like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.
Cacho explained that whenÂ Facebook finds a page containing images of child pornography itÂ closes the account. The problem with that is that colsing the account deletes all theÂ digital evidence that would aid law enforcement to prosecute the offender, and very often the person simply opens another account later that day.
Cacho is asking that before closing any accounts with child pornography, Facebook’s leaders should contact law enforecment so that investigators can getÂ the IP address and track down the identity of sexual predators. â€œTheyÂ have a lot of power, and they should also use it help children,â€ CachoÂ told El Mensajero.
Cacho isn’t alone, however, in taking on child pornography inÂ social meadia.Â Â AÂ Â bipartisan bill to be introduce later this month byÂ House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) intends to tackle the subject.Â TheÂ bill would require InternetÂ service providers to keep computer records and identificationÂ information of users for two years, so that federal lawÂ enforcement agencies can use the information in theirÂ child-pornography investigations.