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February 9, 2018

Twitter Bans AI-Generated and Non-Consensual Porn But Fails to Remove Incest, Rape-Themed Porn

If Twitter wants to take a stand against sexual exploitation on its platform, it’s time for it to holistically enforce its policy against pornography.

Recently, a trend of fake pornographic videos of celebrities, generated by artificial intelligence algorithms, has emerged on social media sites. The social media platform recently made a public statement condemning the sharing of this content on their site, when a spokesperson told Motherboard:

“We will suspend any account we identify as the original poster of intimate media that has been produced or distributed without the subject’s consent. We will also suspend any account dedicated to posting this type of content.”

This is also in line with Twitter’s intimate media policy, which states, “you may not post or share intimate photos or videos of someone that were produced or distributed without their consent.”

It appears that Twitter is trying to combat non-consensually shared and AI-generated pornography, which the National Center on Sexual Exploitation applauds.

Unfortunately, Twitter is playing whack-a-mole with piecemeal policies instead of enforcing a comprehensive solution to sexually exploitive pornographic content. 

First of all, the non-consensual sharing of pornography on Twitter will never be resolved unless the corporation enforced policies against all pornography. Many, if not most, victims of having intimate photos or videos shared without their permission are not initially aware of this breach of their privacy. Often by the time a victim does become aware, it is because the image or video has been rampantly shared online.

Trying to remove images one-by-one, for the few people who report it, is not only inefficient but also woefully ineffective if they want to stop non-consensual porn on their platform.

Second, even disregarding the child exploitation, revenge porn, and AI-porn that are regularly found on Twitter, Twitter is still filled with rampant links to, accounts about, and videos of child-themed, incest-themed, and rape-themed pornography. (For screenshot examples, visit the Proof section on this page.)

Some of the remaining problems include:

  1. Images of minors and/or adults posed to look like minors being used to advertise webcam pornography websites.
  2. Tweets with images of, and links to, animated dad and child-daughter incest websites.
  3. Videos of hardcore pornographic sex acts with incest and “forced sex” (aka rape) themes.
  4. Prostitution accounts advertising illegal commercial sex acts.
  5. Links to live webcam sex shows, many with themes of incest, minors, and”forced sex” (aka rape).

This social media company technically has a policy against pornographic material, but it is still regularly flooded with pornographic images, videos, and accounts which are not removed.

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Take action by emailing Twitter below to ask them to remove accounts, Periscope streams, and web links that include pornographic material or advertisements for pornographic material and/or prostitution.

Haley Halverson

Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach

Haley Halverson is the Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation where she develops and executes national campaigns to change policies and raise awareness. Haley regularly speaks and writes on topics including child sexual abuse, sex trafficking, prostitution, sexual objectification, the exploitation of males, and more. She has presented before officials at the United Nations, as well as at several national symposia before influencers from the Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services, and more. She is the host of the “Sexploitation?” podcast and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts at Johns Hopkins University.

Previously, Haley served for two years as Director of Communications for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation where she oversaw strategic messaging development, press outreach, email marketing, and social media marketing.

Prior to working at NCOSE, Haley wrote for Media Research Center. Haley graduated from Hillsdale College (summa cum laude) with a double major, and conducted a senior thesis on the abolitionist argument regarding prostitution. During her studies, she studied abroad at Oxford University and established a background in policy research through several internship experiences in the DC area.

Haley has appeared on, or been quoted in, several outlets including the New York Post, USA Today, BBC News, Fox News, the Washington Post, Voice of America, Dr. Drew Midday Live, The DeMaio Report, the New York Daily News, the Washington Examiner, USA Radio Network, the Washington Times, CBC News, The Rod Arquette Show, The Detroit News, The Christian Post, Lifeline with Neil Boron, EWTN News Nightly, KCBS San Francisco Radio, LifeSiteNews, The Drew Mariano Show on Relevant Radio, News Talk KGVO, and American Family News.

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