While the phrase "chicken soup" may appear innocent to some people, it has ties to a code phrase that corners of the internet use to refer to child pornography. That phrase is the Spanish translation of "chicken soup" — "caldo de pollo." "Caldo de pollo" shares an acronym ("CP") with "child pornography."
According to policies governing Facebook (Facebook Community Standards), the platform does not allow content or activity that sexually exploits or endangers children, and bans "content (including photos, videos, real-world art, digital content, and verbal depictions) that sexualizes real or non-real children."
To check this claim, we tried typing the phrase "chicken soup" ourselves into Facebook's search engine. When we hit the "search" button, a notification popped up with the title, "Child Sexual Abuse Is Illegal." That notification redirected to an article hosted on Facebook's Help Center with the intro, "I am concerned by my own thoughts about children or by someone else's behavior." That article read:
If you're concerned by your own sexual thoughts about children and young people, or by someone else's behavior (such as a friend or family member), there are organizations that can provide support for people who need help coping with these feelings and urges.
You can also learn how to report images of child exploitation on Facebook.
Websites for organizations in various countries that aim to help people with inappropriate thoughts about children were listed at the bottom of the article.
It's widely reported that people use the Spanish phrase "caldo de pollo" to refer to child pornography. For example, a man who was allegedly caught with child pornography on his phone near Brownsville, Texas, in July 2023 used the phrase in an interview with authorities, according to ValleyCentral.com, a local Texas news website. That outlet reported:
[The man] was interviewed by agents where he gave consent for agents to go through apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, Twitter and Facebook Messenger. According to the complaint, agents asked him about an outgoing message on Telegram that stated "Tienes CP," which translates to "Do you have CP?"
He told agents "CP" stands for "caldo de pollo," which translates to chicken soup.
He also claimed that "caldo de pollo" is a code for child porn, but denied knowing the material was on his phone.
Moreover, an NBC article published in April 2020 titled, "Child sexual abuse images and online exploitation surge during pandemic," read (emphasis ours):
Concerned parents notified NBC News of accounts on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and in the comments of YouTube videos where users were sharing and asking for links to child abuse images and videos. Many of the links were to groups on private messaging apps, including Telegram and WhatsApp, as well as to file-sharing sites such as Mega. Sometimes they used generic terms with the initials "C.P.," a common abbreviation for "child pornography," and code like "caldo de pollo," which means "chicken soup" in Spanish.