Facebook IDs reveal child abuse victims in US court filings
The ID numbers for Facebook accounts belonging to minors have been publicly available in unsealed federal court documents, Forbes reports. Forbes was able to take these ID numbers — used along with initials to identify the victims in child abuse documents — and plug each one into a web address after "facebook.com/" to easily find out the identities of the minors.
These documents are from federal court cases and investigations involving FBI investigations launched after Facebook tipped off police about incidents happening on the platform that involved minors. In one of the cases, a Nebraska man was charged with child pornography after private chats on Facebook revealed he discussed "graphic" sexual acts with a 14-year-old girl, Forbes reports.
In the DOJ's "Justice Manual," which outlines policies US attorneys should abide by, there's a specific section devoted to protecting the identity of child victims and witnesses. Under law, involved parties are required to "keep all documents that disclose the name or any other information concerning a child in a secure place to which no person who does not have reason to know their contents has access."