Thames Valley Police warn Aylesbury residents about sharing 'extreme pornographic acts' on Whatsapp groups
They have raised the issue following an increase of prosecutions where users have found 'extreme pornographic acts' on people's mobile phones.
But oftentimes, due to the nature of Whatsapp groups, the owner of the phone doesn't even know they are there.
People can send a photo to the group, the owner of the phone doesn't have to do anything, but the image will 'auto-save'.
Yet you can still be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
TVP said: "In the course of some investigations, images depicting extreme pornographic acts have been found on people's phones.
"Frequently these are there with the owner's knowledge but not having requested them or subsequently deleting them. These images may be classified as extreme pornography and by being in possession of these images or sharing them yourself, you could be committing a crime.
"If the police find these images on your phone, you may be prosecuted."
For more information on the law surrounding extreme pornography please visit: http://orlo.uk/SelYdhttp://orlo.uk/SelYdProtect yourself by:
only being in group chats with people you know
vet images that you receive. If you receive images that fit the criteria in the link, delete the image
consider reminding the individual that sent it that it is illegal
consider leaving the chat