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Child Porn, Pedophiles Litter Adult Friend Finder

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Adult Friend finder is funded by pedophiles and child pornography.

A report from Single Parent Gossip author and child safety expert Pat McKenna, going live on SPG's website today, warns that single parents looking for love online may want to avoid Adult Friend Finder.com by a long shot. McKenna's report alleges that the matchmaking website generates revenue from ads placed on websites containing imagery depicting the sexual abuse and exploitation of children.

"These websites act as so-called affiliate marketers routing traffic to AFF and they are paid by AFF on a per click basis suggesting that there is a financial incentive for marketers to place AFF ads wherever possible to get traffic," the report claims. "AFF pays for that traffic so it is aware of its origin and the identity of the marketer in order to maintain accounting."

The report also clearly defines the matchmaking website: it's for adults looking to establish some kind of relationship, not a Facebook-type arena where old schoolmates gather together. The drawback is that apparently AFF has racked in a good number of "criminals" and "pedophiles" related to the websites supporting AFF's advertisement. It's indicated that pedophiles could try to build a relationship with adults to get close to their children.

But McKenna's report alleges that AFF is purposely "building a path" for pedophiles and criminals to its front page through its affiliate marketing campaign. "They pay for affiliates to manage and drive that traffic to their landing pages and entice these people to join by displaying adverts of local girls displaying their wears and graces," the report claims. "That traffic has a name. Yes, they are pedophiles with a desire to download and view imagery, interact with, and in too many cases have physical contact and sex with children."

To read more bout the threat Adult Friend finder poses, check out McKenna's report over on Single Parent Gossip. Thanks to Tom's old pal Wolfgang for the tip!

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    antilycus , November 5, 2009 4:32 PM
    $$$ is more important then the law. When are you going to figure that out? ALL (yes every single one of them, including who you voted for) of our Elected officials figured that out a LOOOOONNNNGGGG time ago.
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    Anonymous , November 5, 2009 4:24 PM
    That's sick!
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    jerther , November 5, 2009 4:28 PM
    Interresting related picture... At least it got me interrested in reading the article. Good job Kevin! :p 

    As for AFF, Is that really a surprise... I bet there are many other sites like this one that indirectly do something socialy bad...
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    antilycus , November 5, 2009 4:32 PM
    $$$ is more important then the law. When are you going to figure that out? ALL (yes every single one of them, including who you voted for) of our Elected officials figured that out a LOOOOONNNNGGGG time ago.
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    Honis , November 5, 2009 4:34 PM
    I realize they are targeting AFF because it throws its ads anywhere it thinks single people are, but this is a threat on any online dating venue. All of them allow users to search or provide info to target certain matches (in this case, single fathers/mothers).
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    ssalim , November 5, 2009 4:37 PM
    That picture is not safe for work. Damn it.
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    Parrdacc , November 5, 2009 4:50 PM
    Ok read the article on Single Parent Gossip. Yes, this could be used in the way the article indicates. However to draw the implied conclusion that AFF is willingly behind this is a bit of a stretch. Just cause someone has used their banner for first a legit site that in turn redirects down to various other sites that sooner or later could put you on a site for child porn, that some or maybe all have the AFF banner is hard to put on AFF. Cause it seems to me that AFF allowed the banner use for the legit site so they may or may not know that these sickos are in turn using it on non-legit sites. AFF should be concerned, but to imply they are willing participants in such sites is just speculation at this point. With all the porn links out there (internet aka world pornography network) it would be hard for AFF to hunt down every site that is using their banner in such a way.

    In a way it would be like blaming Honda or Ford for the crimes people commit using their vehicles.
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    megamanx00 , November 5, 2009 5:01 PM
    Disturbing, but sadly not really surprising.
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    bogcotton , November 5, 2009 5:02 PM
    ssalimThat picture is not safe for work. Damn it.


    Unless you work for a tech related news provider, you shouldn't be on Tom's at work!

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    d_kuhn , November 5, 2009 5:19 PM
    So I'm not saying the author is wrong... but I didn't see any actual data connecting AFF to any of the alleged activities. If true then I agree that AFF should be pressured to stop that use of their service... but the internet is quickly becoming CHOCK FULL OF BUSYBODIES. If AFF is a hook-up tool for adults then that's not the authors business. If the sites that AFF connects to are legal sites that the author personally objects to then that's her problem not theirs.

    IF those sites are REALLY pushing illegal materials then the author should be notifying the FBI not Tom's Hardware, because it's ILLEGAL.
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    fulle , November 5, 2009 5:20 PM
    This is horrible. People might start associating harmless, friendly swingers with disgusting pedophiles.
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    lubitz_420 , November 5, 2009 5:24 PM
    Way to try and slap a band-aid on a gash, get to the root of the problem find out who runs these sites and take legal action
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    Gin Fushicho , November 5, 2009 5:29 PM
    Oh, god... you mean that really fucking annoying site that has Ad's pop up constantly?
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    Anonymous , November 5, 2009 5:31 PM
    She said she was 18!
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    nforce4max , November 5, 2009 5:34 PM
    Sick world all it is worth is money to those %^w$.
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    Major7up , November 5, 2009 5:41 PM
    Criminal behavior can be found in just about every nook and cranny of society if you look hard enough so this is not surprising at all. The question we must ask is what are we going to do about it?
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    jalek , November 5, 2009 5:48 PM
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    pedophiles could try to build a relationship with adults to get close to their children


    That happens in another place.. EVERYWHERE, it's not like a new online phenomenon.

    Sounds like everyday overblown hype, but it worked. Who'd heard of "single parent gossip" before this? Congratulations on being a marketing tool.
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    deadlockedworld , November 5, 2009 5:51 PM
    Duh? Its sex/hookup site. That has been obvious from the beginning..
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    tmike , November 5, 2009 6:32 PM
    I long ago blocked AFF and numerous other sites that are owned by the same enterprise. Their banner ads display manufactured links to profiles that don't actually exist on their sites by displaying actual member photos with false user names and false locations - the location being that of the user to whom the ads are being served. After some time, these dummied-up banners were modified to include a statement that they are not real. The behavior itself is unacceptable; the admission leaves me nonplussed.
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    cyberkuberiah , November 5, 2009 7:22 PM
    pedos are littered everywhere . even the Roman Catholic Church isn't a safe haven . who would have expected ? they should be dealt with effectively . this is sick , and only awareness and whistle blowing and open minded education to children about what's right and what's not will help .
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    cyberkuberiah , November 5, 2009 7:31 PM
    the best weapon against pedos is to teach the children , at least when they beyond a certain age , and dont make it taboo to talk sexuality (the attitude of "abstinence only,sex is evil" programs by Bush) , because this only refrains them from speaking out . openness will defeat this evil .
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