Saturday 3 December 2016

When talking about internet porn, the reality is even worse than your fears

Published 01/11/2016 | 02:30

‘Swap that 12-year-old for a set of anonymous pranksters in the darkest corners of Eastern Europe and you get an idea of the sheer futility of trying to stop these things at source. It simply can’t be done’ Stock photo
‘Swap that 12-year-old for a set of anonymous pranksters in the darkest corners of Eastern Europe and you get an idea of the sheer futility of trying to stop these things at source. It simply can’t be done’ Stock photo

As a general rule for life, you should never lift up a rock if you don't want to see what crawls underneath.

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When it comes to the internet, that rule applies with even greater urgency.

A Garda investigation into the digital manipulation of a young woman's face has uncovered a whole trove of similarly mocked-up images of numerous female RTÉ presenters in explicit poses.

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