The FBI is warning law agencies to be aware of a new Barbie doll that has video recording capabilities.
Here’s the deal. “Video Girl Barbie” has a video camera and microphone concealed as a necklace. It also has view finder in the back so kids can record their playtime and post it online.
See the concern now? Sex offenders and child predators could find the videos online and the mini camera could make it easier to secretly film child pornography. To be clear, the doll was released in July and there haven’t been any reports of it being used inappropriately. Still, the FBI thinks it enough of a threat that it warned police investigators in a memo last month. "The possibility of the combination of these two in a single device presents a concern for investigators," said the alert, dated November 30. It goes on to say that "law enforcement is encouraged to be aware of unconventional avenues for possible production and possession of child pornography, such as the Barbie Video Girl.”
The toy maker, Mattel Inc., released the following statement regarding the FBI memo: "The FBI is not reporting that anything has happened. Steve Dupre from the FBI Sacramento field office has confirmed there have been no incidents of this doll being used as anything other than its intent. Mattel products are designed with children and their best interests in mind. Many of Mattel's employees are parents themselves and we understand the importance of child safety - it is our number one priority."
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