by Adeniyi Abdul
A worker at the London 2012 Olympic Games has been arrested by police on suspicion of child abuse.
The 49-year-old man was on his way to work around 5.30 a.m on Friday when the policemen apprehended him. Police reportedly found him on Twitter where he shared information and pornographic pictures of sexually abused children.
His arrest was the result of an investigation by the Sunday Mirror where they found more than 200 users sharing pictures depicting child pornography in less than 2 hours.
Director of Trust and Safety for Twitter, Del Harvey, said, “This is a very important issue that we deal with as quickly and thoroughly as possible.”
“Not only is this high priority for the company, but I personally understand the scope and severity of the issue, having spent the past ten years working to combat this sort of content from being distributed.”
Investigators, however seemed to disagree, contrasting Twitter’s privacy policies with those of Facebook. “Twitter provides an open platform for paedophiles,” said criminologist, Williams-Thomas who led the Sunday Mirror investigation, adding that “Twitter is five years behind Facebook when it comes to policing and monitoring the content published on the site.”
A 47-year-old woman, believed to be a partner-in-crime, was also arrested and the pair have been released on bail.