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Danville Police warn of Facebook messages containing child porn

(MGN)

DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- Danville Police is warning local residents about national reports of Facebook messages linking recipients to child pornography.

They said although they have not had any reported incidents yet, they are taking a proactive approach with making sure local Facebook users are aware of messages from unknown sources.

Police also provided recommended steps in case someone receives the message:

  • Contact local law enforcement and immediately report the photos or videos to Facebook.
  • People who come across images or video that depict a child being sexually exploited should also notify the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children by calling 1-800-843-5678.
  • DO NOT share, download or comment on the content: It can be criminal to share, or send messages with, photos and videos of children being sexually abused and exploited. You won't be asked to provide a copy of the content in any report to Facebook.

Officials also shared to not share, save or comment on questionable images or videos as it can be investigated as a criminal offense.

It is a felony offense in the Commonwealth of Virginia to possess, produce, distribute or otherwise make available images of a sexually explicit nature involving minor children.

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