Sexual abuse of children online rose 31% in 2020, with at least 13 million images disturbing on Facebook and Instagram

During the coronavirus pandemic, much of which is hosted on Facebook and Instagram, there has been an increase in images of child sexual abuse posted and shared online. This is evident from data shared solely with Insider. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), the number of images of child sexual abuse reported to them in 2020 increased by 31%. The number has grown by around 5 million Yiota Souras, senior counsel of NCMEC, rose from 16 million reports in 2020 to 21 million in 2021. In 2019, Facebook recorded more child sexual abuse material than any other tech company and was responsible for about 99% of all reports to NCMEC. Although a breakdown of NCMEC 2020 numbers is not yet available, Facebook spotted 13 million images on Facebook and Instagram from July through September alone. The figure shows that the problem is still endemic and could get worse. Figures from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) showed a 31% increase in the number of child sexual abuse pictures they were taken. were reported in 2020. The number has grown by around 5 million, from 16 million reports in 2020 to 21 million in 2021, said Yiota Souras, senior counsel at NCMEC. In 2019, Facebook recorded more child sexual abuse material than any other tech company and was responsible for approximately 99% of all reports to NCMEC. Although a breakdown of NCMEC 2020 numbers is not yet available, Facebook spotted 13 million images on Facebook and Instagram from July through September alone. The figure shows that the problem is still endemic and can get worse.