They said it could constitute distribution of child pornography, although the age of consent in Denmark is 15.
The two video clips were shared through Facebook's Messenger chat-platform in the Fall of 2017. Facebook is obligated to advise the U.S. authorities about it, which they did. The tip-off was then passed on to Denmark via Interpol. Most of the young people who were charged shared the videos only a few times, but some others shared the clip several hundred times, police said.
Don’t let the fact that it was the police in Denmark who charged the FB users throw you off. Think about that last statement… Most of the young people who were charged shared the videos only a few times, but some others shared the clip several hundred times.
Think about the “stars” of these two clips. They are 15 year olds whose intimate acts have been shared “several hundred times.” With facial recognition software ever-present, these children may have a mark against them for every job or college application that does a background check. Imagine not being offered a position/promotion because what you did as a teen has the potential to embarrass the institution.
Consider this as well, if the 1004 young people were convicted of distributing child pornography in the US, they would have to register as sex offenders for the rest of their lives. Adolescent brains aren’t even CAPABLE of imagining such a scenario in the time it takes to “like and share” a video.
Parents, this is worthy of a discussion, don’t you think?