Facebook gives way after child porn bust [Australia]

Author: Dylan Welch & Paola Totaro, Sydney Morning Herald, Published on: 28 August 2010

Facebook has agreed to pass information about criminal activity on its site to Australian police, after revelations it had ignored repeated warnings about an international child pornography ring operating among its pages… Joe Sullivan.[Facebook’s Head of Security said]…"Facebook and the AFP are…working on protocols that will ensure activity of this nature is more rapidly reported to Australian law enforcement,"…The cave-in by Facebook comes after the ringleader of…[a] syndicate…from…England, faced a British court. Ian Green, 45…admitted 24 charges of making, possessing and distributing images of abused children…Green used 11 different Facebook accounts to distribute the images…Yesterday other senior Australian police whose investigations require them to deal regularly with Facebook told the Herald…."The fact that we have to send an email to get a hold of them, instead of a liaison officer who we can have direct contact with to explain the urgency or particular nature of our requests, is frustrating,"

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