Police in Ireland have launched an investigation after photographs appearing to show a teenage girl performing a sex act on a man in public at an Eminem concert went viral.
Images of the schoolgirl performing the intimate act in broad daylight in front of revellers at Slane Castle on Saturday have been shared by hundreds of social media users.
The shocking incident was trending globally at one point as users dubbed the couple involved ‘slanegirl’ and ‘slaneboy’.
Gardaí are now investigating the matter and have spoken to the girl, believed to be a secondary school pupil from the west of Ireland, and her family.
A spokesman said: “Gardaí have spoken with the female involved and it would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this time.
“We would ask the media to respect the privacy of the people involved and their families.”
The graphic images appeared online on Sunday and soon went viral on social media.
Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have now taken steps to block the photographs and suspend users sharing the images.
Facebook confirmed it had removed at least one page that published photographs of the schoolgirl because the images violated its terms of service.
A spokesman said Facebook “takes safety incredibly seriously, and have worked hard for years to develop clear rules and powerful reporting tools that enable people to easily report things that make them uncomfortable”.
A spokesperson for Twitter said it did not tolerate “child sexual exploitation”.
“When we are made aware of links to images of or content promoting child sexual exploitation they will be removed from the site without further notice and reported to The National Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).
“We permanently suspend accounts promoting or containing updates with links to child sexual exploitation.”