WhatsApp groups in India found sharing child pornography in an investigation

We already know that child pornography was found to be spreading across WhatsApp chat groups globally, however, an investigation has now found details specific to India.

Last month, a group of Israeli researchers from two NGOs had found dozens of active WhatsApp groups where the members were frequently sharing messages containing images or videos with sexual abuse of children. One of them had said that “it is a disaster: this sort of material was once mostly found on the darknet, but now it’s on WhatsApp.”

Now, according to a report by The Economic Times, a significant number of Indian WhatsApp users were sharing child pornography.

The Chief Marketing Officer of Israeli online safety startup AntiToxin Technologies Roi Carthy said, “We did in-fact find Indian users and groups that were disseminating child pornography. I don’t have an exact number, but there was a considerable amount of participants with “+91″ as the (India) international access code for the phone numbers that identified them as participants in these.”

TechCrunch had found out that, some third-party apps which provide links to join WhatsApp groups also have sections for content which is flagged as adult. This was being used to share child pornography on the messaging platform. ..Read More..

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