TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – Officials are sending a warning to all Facebook users, following a recent incident with a Trotwood elderly woman.
Debra Anderson contacted 2NEWS Thursday after a disturbing posted video showed up on her timeline.
The viewer alleges the video showed the physical assault of a child; Beairshelle Edmé started asking questions about how such a disturbing post from a stranger could suddenly show up– and what police can do about it.
Anderson told 2NEWS that she’s mad that this type of video can be shared throughout Facebook and on her own personal profile.
“He was whopping and smacking the child and then he picked up the child with one arm and he was just spanking him real hard and then he put him on the couch and stomped him. It was terrible, it was terrible,” said the grandmother of 3.
She said her day started like any other day at her nursing home; Anderson decided to log onto Facebook to send her friends a couple of links to Gospel songs that’s when she said she noticed the video.
Immediately afterwards, she called Trotwood police who said once they alerted Facebook’s security officials, the post was removed.
However, despite the removal, the Facebook user said the video has done its damage.
As a grandmother, Anderson said the video truly touched her and called her to act.
She said, “Oh my God! My heart was breaking, matter a fact, I was just sick to my stomach because my, I mean, my babies. My granddaughter is 7-years-old and I got two grandsons and I couldn’t imagine somebody doing that to my babies.”
Police later learned that the video originated from a user in Paris
There’s little that local officials can do to track this man but they said users have to be more aware.
2NEWS learned from officials and this victim that often users, like Anderson, do not know how to protect themselves from these types of posts.
“I’m not that Facebook savvy, my daughter gets after to me all the time about clicking stuff and I don’t know what I’m doing,” she said.
That’s why officials are urging all users, young and old, to learn how to protect your privacy and your timeline.
“You might think that you’re only sharing with your friends but you’re actually sharing with the rest of the world. Anything that goes on Facebook, even though you might have privacy controls put into place, if you don’t want the general public to know about it, don’t post,” said Trotwood Police Captain John Porter.
Captain Porter also applauded Anderson for what she did; he said if you see something that puts another person at harm on social media, contact police or the website.