The FBI is downplaying a leaked internal memo that reminded field agents that “Barbie Video Girl”, which has a video camera embedded in her necklace, could be used by pervs to produce child pornography.
However, “There have been no reported incidents of this doll being used as anything other than as intended,” said an FBI spokeswoman at a news conference. She clarified the purpose of the alert was to make sure law enforcement didn’t overlook the doll while executing a search.
“Budding filmmakers, take note: Barbie doll now doubles as a video camera!” reads the copy on the Mattel website advertising the toy. “Girls can record and play back clips with this multi-tasking doll, which has a video camera built right in. Capture everything from a doll’s-eye-view, then watch it instantly or upload to your computer. There’s an LCD screen on Barbie doll’s back, and a camera lens hidden discreetly in her necklace. Talk about making movies in style!”
In a statement released to the press, the doll’s manufacturer said, “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.”