Washington, DC (September 23, 2021) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is recognizing VidAngel, a streaming video company that “provides a way to skip or mute things you don’t want to see or hear in movies and TV shows” in its Dignity Defense Alert, a campaign recognizing the people, companies, nonprofits, etc. who are taking action to defend human dignity from any form of sexual abuse or exploitation.
“We are pleased to recognize VidAngel with our Dignity Defense Alert for providing a way for families to watch TV and movies together and skip the adult content if they so choose – a welcome addition to any family movie night. And we are grateful that VidAngel is producing ‘clean’ content for its viewers,” said Lina Nealon, director of corporate and strategic initiatives for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.
“So much of popular media has scenes people don’t want to be exposed to (either themselves or their kids) embedded in storylines these viewers may otherwise enjoy. Platforms like Netflix and Amazon – both on NCOSE’s 2021 Dirty Dozen List – continue to host and profit from sexually-exploitative material. VidAngel came to the rescue with technology that allows viewers to filter the unwanted content,” said Nealon.
VidAngel believes that people have a right to keep content they’re uncomfortable with out of their homes without having to sacrifice such a large percentage of entertainment options currently available. So it created a product that can mute profanity and racial slurs, as well as skip graphic violence, disturbing images, and nudity, all based on personal choices and settings. The filters can be applied to Netflix and Amazon (Prime Video, Movies Anywhere through Amazon) and is compatible with a host of devices. Filters can be used in a few ways. You can set them as defaults for all titles or you can choose specific filters for each title. Parental controls allow users to lock all filters with a pin.
In addition to providing filters for users watching mainstream media, VidAngel also produces content free of material normalizing sexual objectification and sexual violence that has become all too common in the entertainment industry.