Twitter abuse accounts closed

Several Twitter accounts have been shut down after they were revealed to allegedly contain images of children being abused.

NSPCC: US authorities looking at Twitter accounts

An NSPCC spokesman has responded to reports of several Twitter accounts being closed after they were revealed to contain disturbing images of child abuse.

The graphic pictures were apparently made public last night after hacking groups claimed to have broken into private accounts to expose their indecent content, the NSPCC said. The spokesman said today:

Apparently these were pretty disturbing images of child abuse. We understand the authorities in the US are now looking at the accounts.

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Twitter: We do not tolerate child sexual exploitation

Twitter has disabled several user accounts after the circulation of indecent images of children, their details will now be sent to the US National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children.

The micro-blogging site's policy is as follows:

We do not tolerate child sexual exploitation on Twitter.

When we are made aware of links to images of or content promoting child sexual exploitation they will be removed from the site without further notice and reported to The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children ("NCMEC"); we permanently suspend accounts promoting or containing updates with links to child sexual exploitation.

Read Twitter's Child Sexual Exploitation policy.

CEOP: 'Around 30' reports of Twitter child abuse accounts

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre has confirmed that it has received reports about several Twitter accounts that allegedly showed indecent images of children.

We have received around 30 reports to the Centre about these Twitter accounts. These accounts have now been disabled by Twitter.

Twitter are obliged by law to send details of any accounts containing indecent images of children to The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in the US.

NCMEC will then forward information for investigation to law enforcement agencies in the relevant country where the user is believed to be based or children believed to be at risk.

– Spokesman for the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre

Cheshire Police: Twitter has disabled child abuse accounts

Cheshire Police has tweeted that the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, which tackles child sex abuse, has said that Twitter has suspended the accounts that allegedly showed indecent images of children:

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Cheshire Constabulary and other forces have been made aware of the circulation of images via Twitter that depict child abuse images.

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CEOP - the policing unit dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children are investigating the matter.

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A CEOP spokesperson said Twitter had disabled the accounts and would be reporting to the US National Centre for Missing & Exploited Children

NSPCC notified of 'child abuse Twitter accounts'

The child protection charity the NSPCC has said it has been contacted about more than one "vile" Twitter accounts with "disturbing imaged of children."

It has said police are "taking urgent action":

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People have expressed concern about a twitter feed with disturbing images of children. We've alerted CEOP. They are looking at it urgently.

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Thanks all for raising concerns. We are aware there is more than 1 account. And we will of course be talking to twitter about this.

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We share people's concerns about twitter today. Very disturbing. Police taking urgent action. And we will follow up with twitter.

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