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A string of Twitter accounts have been closed following reports of accounts containing disturbing images of child abuse, the NSPCC said today.
It remains unclear whether any of the images were uploaded by a British user or a user based abroad.
The nationalities of any children involved are also unknown.
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:
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:
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.
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:
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":