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Upcoming Critical Safety Measures

Snapchat is slowly rolling out critical safety measures to curb predatory targeting, grooming, sex trafficking, and pornography exposure abuse on its platform. While we cannot share details at this time because of Non-Disclosure Agreements—we are encouraged by their plans.

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Snapchat Improved its Policy on Graphic, Risqué Stories

Snapchat updated its guidelines for Discover publishers to discourage clickbait. It announced that Snapchat will give publishers a tool that allows them to age-gate content, or stop minors from seeing specific content.

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In-App Reporting & Discontinued Snapcash

Snapchat enabled in-app reporting so that users can finally report abusive and sexually explicit behavior. Snapchat also discontinued Snapcash—which was being used to buy and sell pornographic images and videos, often acting as advertisements for prostitution and sex trafficking. These were key requests when Snapchat was placed on the 2018 Dirty Dozen List.

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Two Hotels Cancel Hosting a Pornography Expo

In less than two weeks, two hotels in Houston, TX, (Hilton Houston Galleria Area Hotel, and the independently owned Holiday Inn Southwest hotel) opted to break contracts with the TEXXXAS porn event. It’s significant that socially responsible corporations are refusing to do business with this expo in light of the many harms associated with pornography. Among…

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IHG removes porn, makes statement against “sexual exploitation”

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), an international hotel company, worked with NCOSE to ensure pornography distribution is prohibited in all of its hotel chains, globally. IHG sent a communication to all of its hotels, informing them of the policy re-enforcement to be implemented as soon as respective contracts run out. IHG has also pledged to continuously…

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After long battle, Marriott finally changes their porn policy

After years of lobbying by a large coalition of groups, including us at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (formerly Morality in Media), Citizens for Community Values, American Family Association, Focus on the Family, and others, Marriott Hotels & Resorts announced in 2011 that they would be dropping pornography from their locations. While a major…

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Robert Rowling of Omni Hotels: “I don’t want this in my hotels!”

In an October 2000 New York Times article, Omni’s president, Jim Caldwell, said that his company’s decision to remove the sex-videos would cost it an estimated $1.8 million per year. The company stated that “[t]he anticipated loss in revenue demonstrates the company’s commitment to the issue. Omni Hotels has already removed adult magazines from the…

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Starwood agrees to stop selling porn, condemns all forms of exploitation

This global hotel chain was a 2016 Dirty Dozen List target for its sale of hardcore pornography via on-demand television offerings. Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, which includes brands like the Westin, Sheraton, Four Points, Aloft, Le Meridien, and more, implemented a new policy to no longer provide pornography choices as part of their pay-per…

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Hyatt Hotel Corporation Rejects Profits from Porn

Hyatt Hotel Corporation changed its policy and will now remove all on-demand pornography from its guestrooms worldwide. “Hyatt was eager to work with the National Center on Sexual Exploitation after we reached out to the corporation to share concerns about the neurological and psychological harms of pornography,” said Patrick Trueman, President and CEO of NOCSE….

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After nearly three years on the Dirty Dozen List, Hilton Worldwide stops selling porn

Hilton Worldwide, one of the world’s leading hotel and leisure companies with operations in more than in 85 countries, announced on August 17, 2015 that it is joining the ranks of competitors such as Marriott, Omni, Drury, Ritz-Carlton and Nordic Choice Hotels, with its implementation of a no pornographic video policy across their brand. A…

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