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Local Telegram Group Spreading Women’s Photos and Child Porn

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SAYS was able to access the group and here's what they found out. Photo: SAYS
Recently, several netizens have attracted the attention of a telegram organization that disseminated photos of women without their consent.

Taking into the sensitivity of the situation, SAYS decided not to disclose the names and information of any victims in order to protect their identities.

Some victims have contacted SAYS. We have been able to access the Telegram group. The following screenshots and details are important SAYS obtained directly from the group.

The group is called “V2K” and is mainly used to share pornographic videos and photos from different places.

This issue came to light for the first time when a woman realized that her photo was sent to the group, her unsolicited sexual remarks

In an interview with SAYS, she said that her friends uploaded several photos of them attending the meeting on Facebook on 27 September.

Afterwards, an acquaintance of a member of the V2K group told them that their photos had been shared on Telegram.

Then, the woman in the photo began to receive requests from friends and sexual messages from strangers on social media.

Image from SAYS

Photo: SAYS

The affected women raised this issue on social media.

Then, more women discovered that their photos had been shared without the group’s consent.

Another victim told SAYS that her photos were sent to the group.

“I uploaded these photos on Instagram. Then I started receiving a ton of follower requests and messages from men saying they [ejaculated] to my photos. That’s how I found out my photos had been shared to the group.”

Image from SAYS

Photo: SAYS

SAYS managed to join the Telegram group and found that in addition to sharing pornographic content, members also intercepted photos of women from social media accounts and disclosed personal information.

Image from SAYS

Photo: SAYS

While browsing the Telegram group, SAYS found that members would send photos of women and ask other members if they have information about them, such as phone numbers, social media accounts and even home addresses.

On 1 October, one of the victims received a phone call from an unknown number. “He called me and straight said that he got my number from Telegram. He called to ask for sex service.”

Meanwhile, some women have discovered that their close friends and family members are also in the group. 

One victim said, “An uncle from my father’s side is in the group.”

“Some of the members are my friends from university,” another person noted.

Not only that, SAYS also found that group members could purchase a membership to gain access to more pornographic content, includes videos of underaged children

Image from SAYS

Photo: SAYS

Users in the group even suggest that each other use recorder numbers to keep them anonymous and protect themselves.V2K also sets up a Bot that can identify whether a new member in the group is a Telegram user who has changed its display name, thereby revealing whether the new member is a female.

SAYS also found out if the group administrator discovers that a member is female, they will be removed from the group immediately.

Image from SAYSImage from SAYS

One of the victims has submitted a report to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

MCMC representatives have confirmed through SAYS that they have received the report. However, when asked if further action will be taken, they declined to comment.

At the same time, another victim said: “We managed to infiltrate the V2K group by using a male friend’s account. We wanted to collect evidence before filing a police report. However, while in the group, we saw that the members were aware that they were about to be exposed. One member then noted that he was a police officer and if we filed a report, he would track us down.

She added: “Fearing for our safety, we have yet to file a police report. However, we have reached out to Woman’s Aid Organisation (WAO) and they have promised to support us in making a report.”

Image from SAYS

Photo: SAYS

 

Image from SAYS

Telegram has previously been criticized for its policy of enabling people to distribute pornographic content anonymously

According to reports from Indian news outlet The Print, the app not only allows users to use usernames instead of phone numbers to protect their identities, but it can also forward messages anonymously.

In addition, you can also send mail and delete the entire chat history, not only your own phone, but also other people’s phones.

In the past, there have been other reports involving Malaysians using the app to distribute child pornography.

These Malaysian organizations aim to help survivors of sexual assault:
1. Women’s Aid Organization (WAO)
Business hours: 24 hours
Contact number: +603-79563488
SMS/WhatsApp: +6018-9888058
Website | Facebook | Twitter
2. All Women’s Action Agency (AWAM)
Business hours: working days (9.30am-4.30pm)
Contact number: +603-78770224
WhatsApp: +6016-2284221 | +6016-2374221
Email: telenita@awam.org.my
Website | Facebook | Twitter
3. Penang Women’s Change Center (WCC Penang)
Business Hours: Weekdays (9am-5pm)
Contact: + 604-2280342 | + 604-3988340
WhatsApp: +6011-31084001 | +6016-4390698
Email: wcc@wccpenang.org
Website | Facebook | Twitter
4. Sarawak Women’s Association (SWWS)
Business hours: Monday to Friday (9 am to 5.30 pm)
Contact number: +6082-422660
SMS/WhatsApp: +6013-8044285
Email: sarswws@gmail.com
Website | Facebook | Twitter
5. Saba Women’s Action Resource Group (SAWO)
Business hours: Monday to Friday (9 am to 2 pm)
Contact number: + 6088-280200
Email: sawo.women@yahoo.com
Website | Facebook | Twitter
6. Protect and save children (PS children)
Business hours: Monday to Friday (8.30am to 5.30pm)
Contact: +6016-2273065 | +6016-7213065
WhatsApp: +6016-7213065
Email: protect@psthechildren.org.my
Website | Facebook | Twitter
7. Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)
Report child sexual abuse content and non-photographic child sexual abuse pictures anonymously and confidentially through the IWF report portal.

 

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