Problem

Comcast Corporation is an American telecommunications conglomerate that provides numerous services including broadcasting and cable television, home phone services, and high-speed Internet. Unfortunately, Comcast’s Xfinity also peddles pornography via its video-on-demand and premium channel services.

We are asking Comcast to immediately stop distributing hardcore pornography, which causes a multitude of public health harms to children and adults alike.

Further, with respect to its Internet Service Provider (ISP) services, we request that Comcast adopt the “opt-in” model recently implemented by Sky Broadband, a UK-based ISP provider. Comcast’s current ISP model requires that customers wishing to block hardcore material jump through complicated hoops to filter or “opt-out” of those services. However, the “opt-in” model requires that those customers wishing to view hardcore pornography online “opt in” to access such sites, while other customers automatically receive their Internet free from sexually exploitative material.

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Comcast provides dozens of pornography titles via its Cinemax, Playboy, Vivid, Hustler, TEN, and Too Much for TV channels and subscriptions. All in all, by one review conducted in April 2016, there were 515 X-rated offerings on Comcast’s Xfinity. Many of the pornography titles offered by Comcast Xfinity contain themes of incest, racism, sexism, prostitution, and exploitation.

Our society is struggling to cope with the impacts of multiple forms of sexual abuse and violence: child sexual abuse, adult sexual exploitation, racially-motivated sexual violence, sex trafficking, and more. These problems have not emerged from a vacuum but flourish within the context of unprecedented access to hardcore pornographic material. Adult, hardcore pornography—with its raw, brutal, debasing, violent and hate-filled themes—exacerbates the deeply entrenched social ills mentioned above and unleashes devastating impacts at the individual and societal level.

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Moreover, the pornographic material being distributed by Comcast Xfinity likely violates U.S. law, 18 U.S. Code Section 1468, which prohibits distribution of obscene matter by means of cable or subscription services on television.

The Comcast Code of Conduct Handbook states: “. . . it is our actions—how we perform day in and day out—that will ensure our success. It’s as simple as doing the right thing and treating people the right way.” Distributing and profiting from the degradation, abuse, and violence found in pornography is a far cry from “doing the right thing and treating people the right way.”

Additionally, pornography is available to all Comcast customers through its Internet services unless a consumer takes affirmative action to block such material. In the United Kingdom and in other countries, an “opt-in” approach has been adopted. Nearly all ISPs in the UK have begun blocking pornography unless a consumer exercises an option to “opt-in” for such material. Sky Broadband’s approach has been particularly effective. If Comcast were to take the lead in the U.S. by offering the opt-in Internet model and drop its pornography offerings on Xfinity, we believe it would find a large base of support and do much to make up for Comcast’s years of confederacy with the pornography industry. 

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Join the Twitter Storm

@Comcast really hates to get bad reviews via social media! Make sure they hear us loud & clear: sexual exploitation is not ok! Bombard them on Twitter with #CleanUpComcast.

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#CleanUpComcast Call Campaign

Call Comcast Executives Directly and tell them to stop profiting from Sexual Exploitation!

Dial these numbers for a few of their top executives:

  • Chris Dunkeson, Vice President and General Manager, 2156651700
  • Phil Miller, Vice President, Strategic Partnership Development, 2152867955
  • James J Finnegan, Vice Chairman of Information Technology, 2156651700

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Report back to us on the call at public@ncose.com

 

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Updates

Highlights from the Movement in 2018

2018 was an exciting year for our movement!  Often, sexual exploitation can seem like an insurmountable issue and that there is no end in sight. But thanks to support from people like you, we have accomplished many victories towards ending sexual exploitation. We want to share some of the highlights from the past year and […]

Victory: Comcast Improves Parental Controls

After making remarkable improvements to parental control systems, Comcast is being removed from the Dirty Dozen List—a campaign by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation that names 12 companies contributing to sexual exploitation every year. The new 2019 Dirty Dozen List will be launched on February 11, 2019. Comcast has become an industry leader in […]

Comcast Executives Are Making Significant Improvement to Digital Well-Being and Safety Features

Comcast NBC Universal executives met with the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) last week to discuss improvements Comcast is making for digital well-being and safety. After three years on our Dirty Dozen List and many letters, emails, and phone calls back and forth with their leadership, Comcast executives told us: “We took your feedback […]

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The Failure of Comcast in the #MeToo Era

Trigger warning: image included which lists names of pornography titles being sold by Comcast. There are no hypersexualized or nude images, only words. In today’s #MeToo culture, where sexual harassment and assault are rampant, corporations like Comcast have a renewed corporate responsibility to refrain from facilitating or profiting from material that promotes sexual exploitation. However, […]

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Join the #CleanUpComcast Twitter Storm With One Click

Comcast really hates to get bad reviews via social media. Make sure they hear us loud & clear that Comcast profiting from racist, incest, and teen-themed pornography and sexual exploitation is not ok! Bombard them on Twitter with #CleanUpComcast and let us know if you get any replies from them! Twitter: @ncose, Email: public@ncose.com. Click […]

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