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How Snapchat Was Used to Groom and Sell a 17-Year-Old Sex Trafficking Victim

Devin Ashford was charged in Lincoln, Nebraska for sex trafficking of a minor and possession of child pornography. Devin Ashford was arrested for sex trafficking a 17-year-old girl, after the young woman he exploited was able to call her mother for help. This launched a police investigation, and one month later police got search warrants for […]

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13 Year Olds on Snapchat Are Being Exposed to Graphic Sexual Material

Snapchat Discover is a section on the popular app where users see news stories and fluff pieces by mainstream news and online magazine publishers. While Snapchat made it possible Discover publishers to age-gate certain content, Snapchat has not required Discover publishers to be accountable for the messages they send underage audiences. This inappropriately puts the […]

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WhatsApp Has A Child Pornography Problem

First it was Tumblr, now it’s WhatsApp. Last November, it was discovered that child sexual abuse images (i.e. child pornography) was being shared on the popular social media platform Tumblr. As a result, Apple removed the Tumblr app from their App Store. In December, Tumblr decided the only way to truly correct this issue was […]

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Tumblr Took A Step Against Porn, But Is It Enough?

Earlier this week, Tumblr announced that it would be removing all “adult content” from its site.  The decision comes shortly after Apple removed Tumblr from its App Store because of child pornography being shared on the social media site. Is this a major victory? Or are there aspects of this decision that should make us […]

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Cosmopolitan and Snapchat’s X-Rated channel “Cosmo After Dark” Cancelled

In the words of Cosmopolitan, “Cosmo After Dark is an X-rated weekly edition that goes live every Friday at 6 p.m. and is exclusively dedicated to all things hot and horny.” Cosmo After Dark was launched on Snapchat’s Discovery page. Surprised it was on Snapchat? We aren’t, remember they’ve been on our Dirty Dozen list […]

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#CleanUpTwitter – Join the Social Media Campaign

For too long Twitter has refused to proactively monitor its website to remove pornographic content, or prostitution accounts. But now there is something you can do about it! Share the below graphics with the hashtag #CleanUpTwitter across all social media platforms in order to send the message that consumers want a safe, non-exploitive, online environment. […]

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Twitter Has a History of Failing to Curb Sexual Exploitation on Its Platform

Twitter is responsible for doing its part to curb sexual exploitation, yet the company has by default shifted responsibility to report sexually graphic tweets or accounts onto the individual user. Of course, the copious amount of pornographic and prostitution-centric material on Twitter is overwhelming and beyond any users’ ability to avoid. Whether an individual is […]

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Eight Tips for Keeping Adolescents Safe on Instagram

Instagram, the free social media app which enables you to share information through pictures and short captions, is among the most used forms of social media used by adolescents. Predators are aware of Instagram’s popularity with young people causing the app to become increasingly more dangerous. Parents need to be aware of Instagram’s risks and […]

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Twitter’s XXX Legacy

Methods of communication have changed drastically over the past decade, and social media sites such as Twitter boast a stronger and more ubiquitous presence than ever before. Tweeting and replying to tweets between friends, as well as following Tweets from celebrities has been popular since 2006 when the social media platform was first created. However, […]

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Twitter Takes Largest Stand Against Cyber-based Sexual Harassment Yet

As first reported by HeatStreet, Twitter is now blocking several pornography-related search terms—particularly from results in the “Photos” and “Videos” section of the social media platform. Now when users type in hashtags or keywords traditionally associated with pornography, they get this message: Why is this important? Twitter has come under fire recently for the vast […]

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