2013 Dirty Dozen: Twitter


Twitter’s policy reads: “We do not regulate Tweets that link to content on external websites, including pornography.” For this reason, Twitter has become the new ‘micro-porn’ service with tens of thousands of porn tweets an hour. Of course, there is no way to keep this from children.

Proof of Twitter’s Profit from Porn & Obscenity

Twitter’s Policy Regarding Pornography (they don’t really enforce their rules and they clearly allow porn to be tweeted):

Gawker: “Twitter’s Vine is America’s Hottest New Porn Search Engine

The Guardian: “Twitter is failing to police child pornography efficiently

Bloomberg Business: “Is Twitter Pimping Porn to Family Users?

ABC News: “Investigation into child porn on Twitter, Facebook

Contact Twitter


Other Possible Action Items

  • Email Twitter here: cp@twitter.com; press@twitter.com
  • Monitor your children’s use of the popular site. Regularly have conversations with them about possible content they might encounter and about Internet safety.
  • Report pornography and other questionable content to the proper authorities. Please do not seek to police the site on your own, but if you stumble across such content, report it to the Cyber Tipline (http://cybertipline.org/) and your local FBI office.
  • Write Twitter a letter – Dick Costolo, President and CEO, Twitter Inc. / 1355 Market Street #900 / San Francisco, CA 94103
  • Make sure your friends and family are aware of the dangers on Twitter and take action to protect against them. Encourage their involvement in this petition to Twitter.


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. 1462 Importation or use of a common carrier to transport obscene matter
  • 18 U.S.C. 1465 Interstate transportation of obscene matter

Sections 1462 and 1465 cited above also prohibit distribution of obscenity on the Internet.

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