Barbie doll prompts FBI child porn warning

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on December 2, 2010 at 6:36 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 2 at 6:43 PM

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LACEY, Wash. - FBI agents are concerned a new Barbie doll could be used to make child pornography.

A FBI spokesperson said agents have no evidence the doll, which can record video, has been used to create illegal images. However, this week the FBI contacted police agencies about the existence of Video Girl Barbie.

The doll has a digital video camera placed in the middle of Barbie's chest. It comes with enough memory to record 30 minutes of video and audio, which can then be streamed to a computer.

"It frightens me," said William Poores, a Tacoma grandfather who said he will not be buying the Video Girl Barbie for his 6-year-old granddaughter.

"She would love it," said Poores, "But she's more important to me than a giggle on Christmas morning."

In response, Barbie-maker Mattel released this statement:

"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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