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2020 Dirty Dozen List – MASTER

Amazon Prime Video

For years, NCOSE has been requesting that Amazon Prime Video create systems to prevent kids from easily accessing material harmful to young viewers. In 2020, Amazon finally rolled out some key developments to address our concerns. You can now set up multiple users under one account with optional “Kids profiles” where only films and shows…

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VICTORY! Google Prohibiting Prostitution Advertisements and Re-Categorizing Sexually Violent Content

Google has been at the forefront of The National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s corporate advocacy since we first started the initiative in 2013. We’ve been pressing on this global tech titan to make significant changes in order to stem sexual abuse through its products used by over a billion people.   One of our most consistent…

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Corporations Making Changes: 2020 Victories to Celebrate 

February 9, 2021 is the global observance of Safer Internet Day. Safer Internet Day focuses on the idea that everyone plays an important role in making the internet better. To protect children online, and create a space where all are free from the harms of sexual abuse and exploitation, we all—families, corporations, governments—play an important…

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NCOSE Law Center Hits Twitter with Groundbreaking Sex Trafficking Lawsuit

Twitter, one of the most popular social media sites in the world with over 330 million users, has had a hand in the sexual exploitation of countless victims of abuse, coercion, and objectification on their platform. It is on behalf of one of these victims, John Doe, that the National Center on Sexual Exploitation Law…

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Hands of a person opening the TikTok app on a smartphone

VICTORY: TikTok’s New Privacy and Safety Features for Children

In January 2021, TikTok announced several enhanced privacy and safety settings for minors, making it more difficult for children to be groomed, sexually exploited, or abused through this extremely popular platform. TikTok’s announcement states “As young people start their digital journey, we believe it’s important to provide them with age-appropriate privacy settings and controls.” We couldn’t agree more. Since the…

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How MindGeek monetizes Pornhub via algorithms and ads

BREAKING: Credit Card Companies Still Funding Pornhub via MindGeek’s TrafficJunky

[UPDATE – 12/15/2020] The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) received confirmation from Visa executives on December 15, 2020, that that their “financial institution partners who serve MindGeek have suspended processing of Visa payments for Pornhub and its affiliated merchants pending completion of [Visa’s] on-going investigation.” NCOSE has not yet heard back from Mastercard. It…

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Mastercard and Visa Cut Ties with Pornhub

Pornhub Falling: Visa and Mastercard Cut Ties with MindGeek’s Cash Cow

With Visa and Mastercard’s closely-spaced announcements about cutting ties with Pornhub (Visa’s technically only committed to suspending payment processing for Pornhub pending an outcome in Visa’s own investigation) on December 10, 2020, the façade of impunity surrounding MindGeek’s internationally known and inherently exploitative cash cow has begun crumbling in earnest. Visa and Mastercard have made…

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TikTok

Just a few weeks after our public announcement about TikTok being named to the 2020 Dirty Dozen List, the social media company announced new safety features which NCOSE requested, including fixing the problem of safety features turning off every 30 days, and a new Family Pairing mode for better parental controls. There is still more…

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Google Images

In 2020, after much urging, Google improved Google Images to decrease exposure to hardcore pornography for users looking up unrelated or innocent terms. Previously, searches for basic anatomical terms did not yield scientific drawings, but instead returned images of and links to hardcore pornography. The search term “happy black teen” returned thousands of images of…

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