2014 Dirty Dozen List: Verizon

Verizon on the 2014 Dirty Dozen List

Special Update from June 2014

Verizon is listening! Verizon recently stopped offering pseudo-child pornography. They did so quietly, with no announcement – but the titles that we complained about (with the public’s help) are now completely gone.

We wrote to Lowell McAdam, Verizon’s CEO to shame him for dumping hardcore, likely illegal, pornography on the American public.  Then we asked the public to weigh in with McAdam and Verizon’s board of directors. Thousands spoke up to complain, especially of the child-themed porn Verizon was featuring.

Many of the videos we complained of are now gone from Verizon’s porn offerings!

That’s a victory – but it is not good enough.  I know you agree!

Until Verizon is out of the porn business all together we will aggressively target the company with ever-escalating campaigns.  And we have begun the next effort this week.

Read our latest letter to McAdam where we congratulate him for listening, but tell him in no uncertain terms that Verizon must get out of the porn business.

The company is still promoting certain child sex fantasy videos, some from Hustler’s  “Barely Legal” porn video series designed to appeal to these fantasies.  Actresses are selected for “Barely Legal” pornography that look very young and act like children. Verizon is also offering many genres of porn, including porn with racial themes, violence, and other filth.

Why is Verizon on the Dirty Dozen List?

Verizon is pushing pornography into the lives of Americans (and children) through many channels and they are making millions as a result. Through their cable network, their Internet service and their wireless services, Verizon is pumping our homes with porn. They should get out of the porn business altogether (especially considering they may be in violation of federal obscenity laws). They should at least stop making easy porn access the default setting on all of their services.

Here is a letter from Verizon defending child-themed, incest-themed, racists and violent pornography as a “tremendous benefit to customers”

Here are screenshots of Verizon’s offerings.

Here is a letter to Verizon’s Board of Directors alerting them to Verizon’s involvement with pseudo-child, incest and violent pornography.

VERIZON RESPONDS

In response to the letter Morality in Media sent to Verizon’s CEO, Lowell C. McAdam, Verizon’s Director of Global Corporate Citizenship sent us this letter:

Verizon Response Letter
Click the image to read Verizon’s full response

In it, Verizon defends its distribution of child-theme pornography. The company believes that its “explosion of choice” in pornography is a “tremendous benefit” to consumers. Verizon did not address the illegality of their products or their promotion of and profit from child sex-abuse and racist fantasy pornography.

Morality in Media has written another letter, this one sent to the members of Verizon’s Board of Directors, with arguments concerning this issue in regards to their authority in Verizon’s business practices. We hope these board members will have a greater concern for the welfare of the consumer than Verizon apparently does.

Tools to Protect!

  • Use filters on your computer, smartphones and tablets! Here is a list.
  • Use parental controls for Verizon Fios

DON’T FORGET TO HELP IN THESE WAYS TOO:

  • Monitor your children’s use of the Internet. Regularly have conversations with them about possible content they might encounter and about Internet safety;
  • Make sure your friends and family are aware of the dangers and safety features available for the Internet. Encourage their involvement in these efforts.

The Laws

Federal obscenity laws, which the U.S. Department of Justice refuses to currently enforce, prohibit distribution of hardcore, obscene pornography on the Internet, on cable/satellite or hotel/motel TV and in sexually oriented businesses and other retail shops. (Learn more)

  • 18 U.S.C. 1468 Distribution of obscene matter by cable or satellite TV

PROOF OF VERIZON’S PORN PROBLEM                                        WARNING: Graphic Language

Take Action Now

  • Thank Verizon for removing many of the pseudo-child porn videos from their lineup, but demand that they do more. Sign the petition here.
  • Send a message to Verizon Executives

  • Call Verizon Board Members – ask for their help in convincing Verizon to stop profiting from pseudo-child ponrnography. Instructions and script here.
  • Sign this Petition to Leaders: Make porn an Opt-in policy!

  • Share Your StoryWhat are your experiences with Verizon? What have you (or those close to you) been exposed to? All stories will be shared anonymously. Click to here to submit.
  • Verizon Corporate address:

    Verizon Corporate Office Headquarters
    140 West Street
    New York, NY 10007

  • Verizon Corporate Phone Number: 1-212-395-1000
  • Distribute this handout to your friends and family and ask them to get involved.

What are the Problems?

Verizon Fios

  • Currently, Verizon FIOS offers for rent a hardcore pornographic video titled, “Gang Bang Sex Slaves.” Are Verizon and their investors aware of the tragic nature of sex trafficking in America? If so, do they believe that Verizon should profit from pornographic films that promote sexual slavery?
  • Currently, Verizon FIOS offers for rent numerous hardcore pornography videos with teen or child themes such as, “Pigtail Teens Pounded,” “I Banged My Stepdad,” “Mom, Daughter, and Me,” “I Did the Babysitter,” “After School Panties,” and “Young Amateur Teens.” Should Verizon profit from films that promote child sex abuse and incest?
  • Currently, Verizon FIOS offers for rent hardcore pornographic videos with offensive ethnic titles such as “massive Black Butts,” “Inside Asian Teens,” “Latina Teen Newbies.” What is Verizon’s corporate policy on race relations?

Verizon Internet Service

  • Pornography is available to all customers through Verizon’s Internet services unless a consumer takes affirmative action to block such material through parental controls and filters. In the United Kingdom and in other countries, an “opt-in” proposal is being discussed and is very popular with consumers. Such a provision would require Internet service providers to block pornography unless a consumer exercises an option to “opt in” for such material. Verizon should take the lead in this country in offering such a proposal. They would certainly we believe you would find very large customer base of support.

Verizon Wireless

  • Verizon should enable parents and users to filter out pornography from handheld devices, such as smartphones and tablets. We have been told by some Internet Safety Experts that Verizon does offer this service, however, when we asked Customer Support by phone and visited five different Verizon Wireless stores, Verizon Staff had no idea about such an offering. If Verizon does indeed offer this tool, they must promote it more!

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