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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 – Yes, Parler Has Issues. But Google and Amazon Must Also Confront Violence, Exploitation

Washington, DC (January 12, 2021) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) called on Google and Amazon to eradicate violence and sexually-exploitative content on their platforms and in their products, in keeping with their recent decisions to remove social media platform, Parler, for hosting content deemed to incite violence. Both Google and Amazon are on NCOSE’s 2020 Dirty Dozen List for being mainstream…

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STATEMENT – NCOSE Announces Slate of 2021 Events Designed to Confront Sexual Exploitation

Washington, DC (January 11, 2021) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) has announced the dates of its 2021 events: the annual Dirty Dozen List reveal event and the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Global Summit.   “Sexual exploitation knows no bounds. Our 2021 events will expose and confront purveyors of sexual abuse and exploitation, and…

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An Open Letter to Parler for Hosting Pornography in the Name of “Free Speech”

To John Matze, CEO and Co-founder; Jared Thomson, Co-founder; and Rebekah Mercer, Co-founder: Parler is facilitating sexual exploitation by hosting degrading and abusive content. By allowing pornography, you expose users to its many proven harms and provide space that sex traffickers/pimps and pornography producers will doubtlessly use—and very likely already are—to profit from people’s pain….

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STATEMENT – Visa Prioritizes Profits from Abusive Pornography Industry  

Washington, DC (December 24, 2020) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) criticized Visa’s announcement that it would resume processing payments for MindGeek sites that “offer professionally produced adult studio content.” “The dark truth of Visa’s rosy announcement is that the company prioritizes profits from incest, racist, violent, and teen-themed pornography, the most common themes in professionally-produced…

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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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STATEMENT – NCOSE Issues Statement on Charleston v. Nevada

Washington, DC (December 11, 2020) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) issued a statement with an update in the lawsuit, Charleston v. Nevada. On December 10, 2020, the Ninth Circuit issued a decision in Charleston v. Nevada, affirming the district court’s decision to dismiss the case. Plaintiffs Bekah Charleston and Angela Delgado-Williams were sex trafficked…

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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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STATEMENT – Visa and Mastercard Cut Ties with Pornhub

National Center on Sexual Exploitation Calls Remaining Credit Card Companies to Follow  Washington, DC (December 10, 2020) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) commended Visa’s and Mastercard’s decisions to cut ties with Pornhub, following The New York Times investigation which highlighted how Pornhub profits from child sexual abuse material.   “Visa and Mastercard have made the right decision to…

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STATEMENT – Credit Card Companies Must Cease Processing Payments for Pornhub 

Visa, Discover, Diners Club Must Stop Profiting from Child Rape, Says NCOSE   Washington, DC (December 7, 2020) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is urging major credit card companies to immediately cease processing payments for Pornhub, which profits from child sexual abuse material, according to The New York Times. Right now on Pornhub there are videos depicting…

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