FBI officials describe illegal photo sharing on social networks as "rampant." Nickolas Savage, assistant security chief of the FBI's cyber division, says pedophiles exchanging pictures on social networks can feed a vicious cycle.
"They can meet other people like themselves, and go off and validate their behavior," Savage says. "When they trade with others there's always a sense they need more material."
Child predators even steal innocent pictures of children that could come from their parent's Facebook profiles and unlocked photo albums.
Stolen or illegal images can be reported to Facebook right on the site. The company removes them. But Bechard thinks the company should do more.
They shut somebody out, but they don't lock the door," he says. "They just come back right in as another profile, putting up the same images and trading the same information with other pedophiles."This is consistent with what we've seen. For example, "Jimmy Lemoni" (ab)uses the grou.ps social network to create a new group dedicated to child pornography. For obvious reasons, the URL has been redacted.
His friend "Ddeby Cchrm" came back with a new account very quickly after Facebook shut down the previous one. Given the interests, it probably shouldn't be too surprising that "Ddeby" also seems to be involved in the group that Jimmy was advertising.