Social media giants are operating like the ‘Wild West’ after a surge in ...

Social media giants are operating like the ‘Wild West’ after a surge in paedophiles on Instagram, Facebook and , says NSPCC Girls aged 12 to 15 are most at risk but paedophiles target kids as young as five The NSPCC say there are thousands of grooming cases, with ten a day reported Instagram was by far the most dangerous platform, according to the charity

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Published: 00:52 GMT, 1 March 2019 | Updated: 00:52 GMT, 1 March 2019

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Social media giants are operating like the ‘Wild West’ after a surge in paedophiles on Instagram, Facebook and , according to children’s charity the NSPCC.

Predators have been recorded grooming children online 5,161 times in the first 18 months since it was made a crime, police figures reveal.

There were nearly 2,000 grooming cases in the six months to September 2018 alone – ten a day.

Girls aged 12 to 15 are most at risk but paedophiles have targeted children as young as five, according to

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