Problem

Amazon, the world’s titan of e-commerce, logistics, data storage, and media, also peddles endless amounts of sexual exploitation. As a social media platform, Amazon’s Twitch is rife with sexual harassment, predatory grooming, and child sexual abuse. As an online retailer, Amazon is in the business of selling incest-themed porn, sex dolls, photography books with eroticized child nudity, pornographic magazines, and more. As a media creator, Amazon Prime Video inserts unnecessary, gratuitous nudity and simulated sex scenes into much of its original programming, while providing faulty parental controls. Amazon S3 and Amazon Web Services are also host to thousands of hardcore violent pornography and prostitution websites.

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Amazon.com is promoting material that sexualizes children and normalizes the dehumanization and sexual commodification of women.

There is no doubt that Amazon is one of the most powerful companies in the world, not only influencing global economic markets, but also greatly influencing the goods we buy, the media we consume, and businesses small and large. Many maintain that the elite “FANG,” the major four tech companies Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google, are dominating the world. As for Amazon’s part in this, its net sales revenue topped $135 billion in 2016. Forty-four percent of web shoppers go directly to Amazon for product searches. As a bookstore, Amazon has an estimated 3.4 million books for sale and over twenty-five million people use Amazon Instant Video and with their creation of original content, this is growing quickly.

While we applaud Amazon for 2020 improvements of removing full-body and childlike sex dolls and for finally rolling out parental controls for Prime Video, it continues to be an online marketplace rife with sexual exploitation.

We request the following improvements:

Prime Video Parental Controls

While Amazon rolled out major improvements for safety in Prime Video in 2020, we request Amazon address some of these remaining concerns:

  • These features do not work if you are accessing Prime Video from Xbox.
  • Kids can just move from profile to profile without a pin. (This was the same problem Netflix had and fixedthanks to our advocacy in 2020.) The only way around this is to have the strictest age restrictions on all profiles until Amazon fixes this. 
  • If you have downloaded mature rated content on any of your devices to watch when you’re not connected, it will be available to all profiles (read: to kids) no matter your settings.
  • Ironically, none of these features when set at the account owner level will work on Amazon’s own Fire TV, Fire Tablet, or Fire phone. Users will have to manually set parental controls for each of these systems separately, whichis just redundant and complicated for already overburdened caregivers. (Here’s how for Fire Tablet, for Fire TV, for Fire Phone.) 

 

Amazon Studios & Prime Video

  • Stop making films with gratuitous amounts of nudity and sexual violence. Unfortunately, a sample survey of third-party reviews of Amazon Prime original content shows that 66% of it contains nudity, 82% of which is female, and 36% of the surveyed Amazon Prime original shows contain simulated sex.

 

Amazon’s Twitch

  • Develop and implement lockable parental controls, so parents can monitor and streamline their child’s experience on Twitch and ensure basic safety is being met.
  • Develop more robust age-gating features to protect children on Twitch, including filtering and blocking streams with mature game ratings and/or themes.
  • Ban minor-aged accounts from sending or receiving money through Twitch’s donation and bits feature.
  • Disable the Whisper feature on minor-aged accounts.
  • Automatically default minor-aged accounts to the highest level of safety and privacy available on the Twitch platform.
  • Require, not suggest, that streamers provide mature content warnings on their channel if they broadcast content intended for adults.
  • Provide education to all users and parents on the potential harms and risks associated with exploitation and abuse on Twitch, and feature prominent reporting processes on all forms of Twitch’s interface.
  • Create and feature PSAs about safety on the Twitch platform.

Prime (Online Retailer)

  • Stop selling sexual exploitation and abuse. It unacceptable that you are selling sex trafficking how-to books, disembodied sex dolls, photography books with “eroticized” child nudity, incest- and racist-themed written pornography, pornographic magazines and DVDs, and misogynistic clothing items, and more.
  • Better ensure that items are categorized correctly so that sexually explicit content is not showing up in general, innocent searches.

Kindle & Publisher

  • Reject books with themes sexualizing and normalizing incest, racism, sex with children and teens, and extreme sexual violence.
  • Ensure “adult” books are actually tagged as “adult” and prohibited from surfacing in general search results as your policy seems to indicate should be happening.

Amazon Web Services

  • Refuse to host websites that facilitate the purchase of human beings for sex and abuse

Proof

WARNING: The pornographic images taken from Amazon have been blurred, but are still suggestive. There is also graphic text descriptions shown in these sections. POSSIBLE TRIGGER.



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Progress

Amazon ceases selling full body sex dolls

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Amazon now only sells half body or torso-only sex dolls.

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2021

Ongoing Improvements to Amazon Kids+

Amazon introduced Amazon FreeTime in 2012 as a way to give caregivers more authority of what content youth were seeing on Amazon’s Kindle. It has expanded over the years adding more robust parental control features and working with more and more Amazon devices. It also curates content that is supposed to be age-appropriate for 3-12…

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2020

Finally, Parental Controls for Prime Video

We thank Amazon Prime Video for finally giving parents some control about what kind of media their young children are exposed to on its platform.

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2020

Amazon removes thousands of childlike sex dolls

We thank Amazon for removing the anatomically correct child sex dolls that have been for sale on its website.

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2018

Updates

Podcast: Are Sex Dolls the Cure to Pedophilia or Loneliness?

Ep. 37  Caitlin Roper discusses the research and cultural narratives around sex dolls. Since the 2007 movie Lars and the Real Girl, sex dolls have become increasingly popular and normalized. In fact, mainstream companies like Amazon, Etsy, and the Wish shopping app have sold sex dolls, including ones that looked child-like. During this episode of…

Podcast: How Sexual Exploitation is Facilitated by Google Chromebooks, Amazon, OnlyFans, and More

Did you know that mainstream companies you interact with every day may be facilitating sexual exploitation, or leaving children vulnerable to abuse or graphic content?  During this episode of the Ending Sexploitation podcast, Haley McNamara interviews Lina Nealon, Director of Corporate and Strategic Initiatives at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.  They discuss mainstream corporations…

Amazon Hires “Intimacy Coordinator” and Hints at “Partial or Full Nudity” for Upcoming Tolkien Series

In 2017, Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos mandated a programming shift at Amazon Studios: Bring me “Game of Thrones.” They have moved towards just that. One reason Amazon is on our annual Dirty Dozen List is for their growing trend of inserting gratuitous scenes of nudity and sexual violence in their Amazon Original content (and then the long trend…

Amazon’s Twitch Rife with Sexual Harassment, Predatory Grooming, Child Sexual Abuse

Twitch, an online platform used for livestreaming, is Amazon’s attempt to capitalize on the booming popularity of the video game community. Purchased in 2014 by Amazon, Twitch boasts a massive following of creators who livestream content—mostly comprised of gamers, but can range from activities like music, painting, and even a “Just Chatting” category which features…

Corporations Making Changes: 2020 Victories to Celebrate 

February 9, 2021 is the global observance of Safer Internet Day. Safer Internet Day focuses on the idea that everyone plays an important role in making the internet better. To protect children online, and create a space where all are free from the harms of sexual abuse and exploitation, we all—families, corporations, governments—play an important…

#DirtyDozenList Victory: Celebrating Amazon’s New Parental Controls 

While we believe that BigTech has a responsibility to proactively create safe spaces online (especially for children) without being pressured to do so by advocacy organizations and parents, we still appreciate when corporations make positive changes.    We thank Amazon Prime Video for finally giving parents some control about what kind of media their young children are exposed to on…

STATEMENT – Yes, Parler Has Issues. But Google and Amazon Must Also Confront Violence, Exploitation

Washington, DC (January 12, 2021) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) called on Google and Amazon to eradicate violence and sexually-exploitative content on their platforms and in their products, in keeping with their recent decisions to remove social media platform, Parler, for hosting content deemed to incite violence. Both Google and Amazon are on NCOSE’s 2020 Dirty Dozen List for being mainstream…

NCOSE Director of Public Policy Testifies in Front of Bipartisan Task Force

On October 1, 2020, Dr. Eleanor Gaetan, Director of Public Policy at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), testified in front of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence. The task force, which includes Representatives Annie Kuster (D-NH), Susan Davis (D-CA), Dave Joyce (R-OH), and John Katko (R-NY), was holding a virtual roundtable…

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