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Young Children Found To Be Groomed On Live Streaming App Periscope

Children as young as nine are being groomed via the app, a BBC investigation has found.

Children as young as nine are being groomed via the app, a BBC investigation has found.

Periscope, an app which allows users to broadcast live video streams from anywhere in the world, has been uncovered as a ground for children as young as nine to be contacted by online groomers.

In the app, viewers can send in comments and questions whilst the video is being streamed. The investigation found children using the app in classrooms and their bedrooms, broadcasting to the world, with young people bombarded with sexually explicit messages and requests. 

When conducting the investigation, the BBC found a nine year old who was asked by a man to lift up her shirt. 

All details collected of the broadcasts were passed on to the Police and child protection charities. 

Zero Tolerance For CSE

The BBC reached out to Twitter, the owner of Periscope, who refused an interview, but did offer a statement on their findings:

"We have a strong content moderation policy and encourage viewers to report comments they feel are abusive. We have zero tolerance for any form of child sexual exploitation."

More information on this story can be found in the video by BBC News below: 

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