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Daily Mirror uses Pedobear to illustrate ‘vast network of child perverts’ on Twitter

by | 12th, August 2012

AS the papers salute Mo Farah, the Somalia-born double gold meal winner for Team GB, the Daily Mirror readies its readers to the post-Olympic descent. The paper choses the morning of the final day of the London 2012 Games to leads with the news that paedos are out to get your children:

“TWITTER PAEDOS EXPOSED – Police swoop as we reveals vast network of child perverts”

After sport and bonking, drugs-taking celebs, what tabloid readers next like to look at is a story on paedophiles, especially in the summer months. The number of child rapists is not high. The number of readers who like reading about them and politicians and hacks who like to talk about them is huge. What better story than one of peados to illustrate all our fears? Is this interest in paedophiles healthy? No. Is the Mirror just tapping into a subject that it feels will unite its readers in a common revulsion? Yes. Does that story foster mistrust, telling us all that it’s not only strangers you need to be fearful of but every adult, even those in a virtual world behind your computer screen? Yes. From being a nation of winners the Mirror reminds us that we are locked in fear of one another, insular and suspicious. The paper says:

“Vile perverts using social networking site to find victims and trade intelligence”

And:

“Within two minutes of searching we found 20 paedophiles wanting to abuse young children – and 200 in two hours”

Is the Mirror shocked that of millions of twitter users some have an interest in having sex with children? Panicking over paedophiles is the clarion call of the age. The Mirror has just identified a new place where parents and children can feel anxious. The report of the “vast” peado ring fosters suspicion of all adults. The paper tells us:

Twitter is a paedophiles’ playground, with perverts using the site to swap vile images and videos of ­children, a shocking Sunday Mirror investigation has found.

Grim. But not surprising.

We uncovered disturbing evidence that hundreds of sex ­offenders are operating on the social networking site and using it to find young victims and trade intelligence.

Did the Mirror find any victims?

After we tipped off police, Scotland Yard detectives carried out a ­dramatic dawn raid, arrested a man and woman at their flat and seized ­computer equipment.

Two arrests. And?

The male suspect had been ­working at the Olympics in London.

And with that the in lid is put on the story of two alleged deviants. The Mirror then spreads the fear:

Every parent will be shocked by our findings.

Parents. Are you shocked? Since the 1980s, we’ve bene told that peadophiles are everywhere. The paper then tells us:

Twitter has 500million users worldwide, including many children who avidly follow their ­celebrity idols and sports stars.

Whammo! The Mirror has upped the ante. The story of two alleged criminals is now one about celebrity peadophiles, the apogee of the scare story. And it’s rife:

Child protection expert Mark Williams-Thomas, a former ­detective who led our investigation, said the use of Twitter by paedophiles was “out of control”.

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