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‘Unless you never upload a photo to social media ever, you’re not safe’ – Irish teens speak of photo hacking horror

Posted by Francis O' Toole on January 14, 2016

‘People think that if you put a selfie online, you ‘deserve’ it… no-one is safe’

Cork teenager Katie Kirwin’s photos were hijacked and usedCork teenager Katie Kirwin’s photos were hijacked and used

A number of the girls whose photographs were stolen and uploaded to an international porn site spoke to Cork Red FM’s Neil Prenderville this morning.

Introduced only by their first names, the Cork girls spoke of their experience.

Cork mother Sarah spoke about finding out her young daughter’s photos had been put on the site.

“She’s absolutely distraught”.

She told Prenderville that there “must be fifty pictures” of her young daughter on the site, some dating back to when she was fourteen. Others include her youngest daughter, who is six years younger. “I’m actually in some of them on holiday with the two girls… 2013, she would have been 14 then”.

t need sense, pedophiles need to be sorted out”.

“There’s no set formula (to protect yourself). If that was the case, there wouldn’t be as many of us suffering”.  Be careful, how you use social media.  For more information, contact Irish Independent.


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