Updated: May 22, 2020 01:03 PM
Created: May 22, 2020 01:02 PM
The FBI has received almost 250 reports of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) being displayed during Zoom meetings in the last few months, including an incident where the victims were participating in a conference call in Albuquerque.
The FBI is looking into the incident, which underscores a warning the agency issued earlier this week for organizers of Zoom conference calls to take precautions.
The FBI considers this activity to be a violent crime, as every time child sexual abuse material is viewed, the depicted child is revictimized. Furthermore, anyone who inadvertently sees child sexual abuse material depicted during a virtual event is potentially a victim, as well.
The FBI is committed to apprehending any individual who produces or distributes child sexual abuse material and is seeking the public’s assistance to identify the person or persons responsible for these egregious crimes.
The following steps may mitigate future child sexual abuse material issues during Zoom events:
If you are a victim of child sexual abuse material being broadcast during a Zoom event, or if you have information regarding the identity of any individual distributing or producing CSAM, please report it to the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324) or anonymously online at tips.fbi.gov.
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