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GAO Report: Pornography Pervasive on File-Sharing Networks

Location: Washington, DC

GAO Report: Pornography Pervasive on File-Sharing Networks
June 27, 2005

Pitts, Davis, Pickering, Souder, and Shadegg cite need to protect kids

Washington -The Government Accountability Office (GAO) said today that pornography is easily accessed with file-sharing programs like Kazaa, Morpheus, and Warez. GAO prepared the report, titled "The Use of Peer-to-Peer Networks to Access Pornography," at the request of Congressmen Joe Pitts (PA-16), Tom Davis (VA-11), Chip Pickering (MS-03), Mark Souder (IN-03), and John Shadegg (AZ-03).

In their request to GAO last year the Members wrote, "As Congress continues to debate the proper course of action to address the alarming trend of pornography over the Internet, we believe it is important that GAO update its report to provide Congress with the most up-to-date research on the dangers of pornography over peer-to-peer networks."

"Pornography presents a clear and present danger to children who use file-sharing programs to find images of their favorite athletes or copies of favorite songs. Unfortunately, innocuous searching quickly leads to dangerous places. These kids are exposed to untold numbers of pornographic files. Some are posted to deliberately lure kids into compromising and dangerous online relationships. This is a threat that Congress must address," said Congressman Pitts.


"I am pleased with this report. It confirms that there is ample room for Congress to act to protect kids. We will take this as well as other information we have gathered over the last two years as we craft our new bill. This legislation will give parents the tools they need to protect kids when they use programs like this," said Congressman Pitts.

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