ST. PAUL -- Coronavirus has caused a different kind of plague — child pornography popping up in online video meetings.

The FBI on Wednesday warned against pornography appearing during meetings using the Zoom computer app. In the past few months, more than 195 reports of “Zoombombing” have been reported in the U.S. and in other countries. Several incidents occurred in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

The incidents occur when a Zoom participant broadcasts video depicting child sexual abuse. The “Zoombombing” incidents have risen sharply, as millions of Americans follow stay-at-home orders and use Zoom for business or personal meetings.

Anyone exposed to the pornography should contact the FBI, including:

  • Any host of a meeting in which the pornography appears. Hosts should not delete recordings or records of the meeting.

  • Anyone who records such a meeting — and do not erase the offensive material.

  • Anyone who knows the identity of someone who put pornography online.

To prevent pornography from appearing, the FBI encourages hosts of on-line meetings not to make the meetings public. The video meetings can be made private by requiring a meeting password, or using the “waiting room” feature to control who participates.

Hosts should not share a link to a teleconference on an unrestricted publicly-available social media post, according to the FBI. The link should be sent directly to specific attendees.

Anyone who has seen pornography during Zoom meetings, or with information regarding about it, should call the FBI at 800-225-5324, or give an anonymous tip at