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Fifteen percent of these teens also claimed to have received sexually explicit photos.
This suggests a consent issue of people receiving photos without asking for them.
Some of the Facebook ads purchased by Russians in the run-up to last year's presidential election included posts that made Black Lives Matter seem threatening and were anti-immigrant with a pro-Trump slant.
CNN reported Wednesday on the Black Lives Matter ads, saying they appeared on Facebook in late 2015 or early 2016 and were geographically targeted to hit audiences in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland, where they might resonate the most.
While film cameras often required a dark room to process negatives, modern camera phones can record sexually explicit images and videos in privacy.
Young adults use the medium of the text message much more than any other new media to transmit messages of a sexual nature.
The difference between using these applications and traditional texting is that content is transmitted over the Internet or a data plan, allowing anyone with Internet access to participate.
Kik and Whats App appeal to teens because of the anonymity of the applications.
'Did they know this just by following political news in America? Warner is the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, one of the Congressional bodies looking into Russian influence on the campaign.
Did they geo-target both geographically and by demographics in ways that at least at first blush appear pretty sophisticated? 'These are the kind of questions that we need to get answered and that's why we need them in a public hearing,' Warner also said.
The tech company has stayed mum on much of the content of the ads, simply saying they didn't all specifically reference the presidential candidates – Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton – but instead 'appeared to focus on amplifying divisive social and political messages across the ideological spectrum — touching on topics from LGBT matters to race issues to immigration to gun rights.' Politico previously reported that some ads did encourage voters to support Trump, and also Sen.
Bernie Sanders, Clinton's primary rival, and Green Party hopeful Jill Stein, who likely siphoned off some of Clinton's support during the general election.