Background

National Center on Sexual Exploitation, formerly Morality in Media, has listed Google or its products on its annual Dirty Dozen List for the last three years in an effort to encourage changes to Google’s policies that contribute to sexual exploitation. Thousands of individuals have contacted Google to encourage these changes and NCSE led a coalition of groups in meeting with Google to explain ????. As a result of this public pressure and the leadership of Google executives to recognize their global role, Google has made sweeping policy changes over the last few years.

POLICY CHANGES TO CURB EXPLOITATION:

  • On February 23, 2015, Google announced that starting March 23, 2015, you won’t be able to publicly share images and video that are sexually explicit or show graphic nudity on Blogger.
  • In June 2014, Google enacted policies for AdWords to no longer accept ads that promote graphic depictions of sexual acts or ads that link to websites that have such material in them.
  • In 2013, Google announced that pornographic and sexually explicit apps would no longer be allowed in GooglePlay. This policy was enforced, with hundreds of apps removed from the app store, in March 2014.

Updates

Op-ED: Pornography to become even more readily available on the internet

Morality in Media (MIM) has called for an investigation of the ICM Registry — the company behind the approved .XXX domain and the proposed new porn domains — “for violations of federal laws that prohibit the distribution of hard-core and obscene Internet pornography.”

AG Holder: Investigate Porn Domains

Attorney General Eric Holder needs to investigate the ICM Registry, the company behind the XXX domain and proposed porn domains .PORN, .SEX and .ADULT, for violations of federal laws that prohibit the distribution of hard-core and obscene Internet pornography.

ACTION: Stop creation of .porn, .sex and .adult domains on Internet!

OPPOSE CREATION OF NEW PORN DOMAINS – .PORN, .SEX AND .ADULT: Sign this petition to the governing board of the Internet (ICANN) who is now reviewing the applications for the new porn domains. Goal: 10,000 signatures About The Issue I want to alert you to a major new threat today and ask your help to…

Mashable: Should Domain Proposals for .Porn, .Sex Be Rejected?

Mashable June 14, 2012 An anti-porn group is opposing a series of porn-related suffixes that could potentially be added to the Internet’s top-level domains, including .porn, .sex and .adult. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which assigns top-level domains to sites worldwide, announced on Wednesday a list of domains that have been…

The Hill: Domain Names Revealed

The Hill June 13, 2012 Domain names revealed: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) unveiled thousands of applications for new top-level Web domains on Wednesday. The list unveiled includes company names, such as .Apple, .Amazon, .Gap, .Ford, .Lexus, .Lego and .JPMorgan, as well as generic names, such as .movie, .music, .hotel, .love,…