Yesterday I reported on an MSNBC report about nsfw pictures on your Flicker, cellphones, and Photobucket accounts not being safe from hackers. Turns out that MSNBC was stretching the truth, so to speak.
MSNBC wrote, “The vast majority of homemade pornography and private images on personal computers ends up on public websites called ‘parasites.’” It turns out this is just downright not true and as Salon points out, a gross misuse of a study conducted by Britain’s Internet Watch Foundation. What the foundation’s report actually stated is that 88% of online nsfw images of young people “had been taken from their original location and uploaded onto other websites.” That is a much different claim than that made in MSNBC’s report, which stated 88% of teenagers’ self-made pornography unwittingly ends up online.
So what this report is actually saying is that teens are using a lot of web cams to upload pornography of themselves willingly to other “parasite” websites. I must take some of the blame for scaring all of you because I did not have the report in hand at the moment of writing my article and thought that a follow up is needed to clarify what I reported on yesterday.
So, go ahead everyone—make that porn with your co-worker; text that naked picture to your hot neighbor. Just remember, as I said before that EVERYTHING you post online will NEVER go away.
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