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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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STATEMENT – TikTok Must Better Protect Kids from Online Predators

White House Press Secretary Says Administration “Would Take a Close Look” at Requiring Rules for Safety on TikTok Washington, DC (August 5, 2020) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is urging that any action enabling TikTok to continue operating in the U.S. must require additional safeguards to protect children from online predators. Yesterday,…

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Join with NCOSE to Increase Internet Safety in 2020

*This blog is the second in a series for Internet Safety Month 2020. The first part covers current actions NCOSE supports in order to fight for internet safety. This second part covers progress that still needs to be made on this front.* As designated by the U.S Senate, June is National Internet Safety Month in…

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How the new safety features for TikTok actually work

VICTORY! TikTok Updated Its Safety Features. Here’s How They Work.

Just a few weeks after our public announcement about TikTok being named to the 2020 Dirty Dozen List, the social media company announced that they would soon begin rolling out improvements to TikTok’s safety features—including some updates we had been advocating for them to make! Although there are still several safety improvements they need to…

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STATEMENT – NCOSE Applauds TikTok for Adding Safety Features

Washington, DC (February 20, 2020) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation applauds TikTok for addressing its concerns about the lack of safety features, which TikTok announced would be added and first be rolled out in the UK and then the U.S. TikTok has been a target of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation for the…

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As TikTok Fails to Remove Exploiters from the App, Users Are Starting to Revolt

TikTok’s users have increasingly taken it upon themselves to “out” sexual exploiters using the popular video social media app because TikTok has fallen short of ridding the platform from those who prey upon young minors. As Buzzfeed reports: “One of the most popular kinds of videos from TikTok’s users, who are mostly young and female, are…

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2020 Dirty “Baker’s Dozen” List of Mainstream Contributors to Sexual Exploitation Announced by National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Seeking Arrangement, Amazon, Twitter, TikTok, Among Top Contributors to Sexual Exploitation in America Washington, DC (February 6, 2020) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation today announced its 2020 Dirty Dozen List, a list of mainstream entities that are major facilitators of sexual exploitation in the United States. Watch the video announcement at DirtyDozenList.com. The…

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Meet the 2020 Dirty Dozen List

In 2020, it is intolerable for a mainstream company or entity to facilitate, profit from, or normalize sexual exploitation—and that’s why the Dirty Dozen List exists. This list ensures that their promotion and collusion with sexual assault, sex trafficking, pornography, the eroticization of incest, and more, becomes public knowledge, and equips concerned citizens with information and…

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TikTok Safety Tools Are Turning Off After 30 Days and Putting Kids in Danger

With more than 500 million active users worldwide, TikTok is a social media video app for creating and sharing short videos and the app is well known for being popular with minors. TikTok has been placed on the 2020 Dirty Dozen List due to lack of moderation and insufficient safety controls, which put minors at risk of exposure…

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1 in 20 Kids Are Being Asked to Undress During Livestreams

TikTok has facilitated a space for sexual grooming by abusers or sex traffickers. These abusers or traffickers utilize TikTok to view minor users and either comment and/or message these minors with sexually explicit content. An advocacy group accurately called TikTok a “hunting ground” for predators to abuse children and Forbes identified TikTok as a “magnet…

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