Friday, April 13, 2012

Child safety, social networks and the sad case of Flickr

Flickr filters make the site more dangerous for children. Below are links from one user on Flickr, this is not a private site. Anyone can access this site publicly, though if you have Flickr safety filters turned on Flickr will hide some of the pornographic group the person is a member of.

This user has joined a number of hard core groups, including 'young women love oldmen', 'Cum Becumes Her' and many others.  Yet this person is able, in public, to make contacts with dozens of sites with images of young girls, many living in Asian nations with weak child protection.

This user is also active on open online dating sites.  Rippie describes himself as 'more experienced in sex' and 'more sex driven' than the average user on OK Cupid.  This highly sexual man sure has an interest in contacting young girls on Flickr, and his activity is a powerful case study of the dangers of children using the social networks.

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Notice the children who are contacts with this member, who has joined dozens of hardcore pornographic groups. Click to enlarge.
This contact looks no older than 12 or 13, perhaps younger.
With all the concentration on Facebook and Twitter, a very disturbing social network has emerged on the sharing site Flickr.

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Flickr, the best reason to use Instagram?

Facebook gets a great deal of interest for child safety because it is such a famous site. But Flickr is far more dangerous place. Before you allow you children to join Flickr, or before you post photos of your family on Flickr perhaps you should take a look at one users profile, look at the groups he joins and look at just one of the many contacts he has formed. Child sexual images are being publically swapped, sex with minors openly discussed, and children contact by people in to pornography every day on Flickr.

Click images to enlarge, this is one persons site, very open public activity.

Click to expand the group list above.  You can see that this user is a big fan of pornography, including pornography that includes young women and old men.  Okay, everyone has a right to join groups.  But where it gets really creepy is when you look at the persons 'contacts', people that he has joined up with and perhaps even tried to contact.  

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I am not really sure the child above would like to be contacted by someone who is a member of so many pornographic groups.  

And here is the real problem with Flickr, the default setting is safe,  which means that this young girl may actually not see many or most of these pornographic groups. She see a contact who is a member of some groups, but Flickr hides from her the extent of his groups.

Flickr has actually created a site that makes pedophiles safe.