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Police: Don't share viral video showing apparent child porn, it's a crime

Joel Feick NBC25/FOX66


FLINT, Mich. -- Anyone who's using Facebook will want to pay attention.

It involves some disturbing video that's been circulating that shows an adult male sexually abusing a child.

RELATED LINK: Authorities issue warning on apparent child porn video circulating Facebook

How does this impact you?

Well, images of child pornography could be in your Facebook Messenger file.

As a result, the FBI and enforcement agencies across the country have issued warnings about the video.

Facebook users have encouraged others to share the video to try to help catch the people involved in exploiting the child.

RELATED LINK: Suspect, victim in widely shared child porn video identified

But law enforcement agencies, including Michigan State Police, say sharing it is a crime.

Det. David Vergison of the Michigan State Police says, "This video that's going around is obviously just proof that anything that goes on the internet can instantly become viral and could never really be truly deleted from the internet. so again if you do see something of this nature that comes across your news feed, or is in your inbox, don't forward it, don't share it. If you think it's something that needs to be investigated by police then contact them directly."

There are several ways to report child pornography or sexual abuse.

Julie Lopez of the Genesee County Crime Stoppers says don't send it via Facebook messenger.

Instead, they have a tab on their Facebook page, where you can send a tip anonymously.

There's also the potential for what's called, "Malware."

Which is why Vergison says you shouldn't open an attachment from someone you don't know.

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