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Friday, 27 July, 2001, 17:25 GMT 18:25 UK
Children 'find porn through file-sharing'
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BearShare can be used to swap music and other files
Children have been able to get access to hardcore pornography by using new file-sharing software similar to Napster, a US Congressional report has warned.

"It gives our kids access to incredibly lewd, filthy... the worst imaginable type of graphic violence and sex that you can imagine," said Steve Largent, one of the Republican Congressmen who ordered the investigation.

The report found that file-sharing programs could bypass software designed to block pornographic material.

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It also warned that children could come across pornography by accident.

When congressional investigators tried to use one of these services to download videos of teen popstar Britney Spears, 70% of the files they found were pornographic and had nothing to do with the singer.

"This is an alarming evolution of the porn industry," said Mr Largent.

File-sharing software flourishing

The congressional investigation began about two months ago, after a parent called Democrat Henry Waxman, saying that his son was able to freely download pornographic videos from the internet, using a file-sharing se