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CVS Pharmacy

From 2018 on, out of concerns about female objectification, CVS decided to remove the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue from their checkout areas and promotional displays. CVS told NCOSE: “We share your organization’s concerns about female objectification.”

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Google’s YouTube

In 2019, Google’s YouTube was revealed to be widely used for the eroticization of children and for pedophile networking. (Read more here.) Thankfully, after public outcry and contact from NCOSE, YouTube took action to remove a large number of sexually graphic comments under children’s videos. Note: while significantly improved, this problem is not entirely resolved.

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Snapcash

Snapchat discontinued Snapcash—which was being used to buy and sell pornographic images and videos, often acting as advertisements for prostitution and sex trafficking. The removal of Snapcash was one of the key requests we made when Snapchat was placed on the 2018 Dirty Dozen List.

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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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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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United Airlines

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation applauds United Airlines for changing its in-person flight attendant training to include the issue of passengers using pornography on the plane. This was a rising problem of sexual harassment and United aircrews previously resorted to giving alleged ‘hush’ money or even openly joking about the harassment. Flight attendants reported to the…

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Snapchat

We brought concerns about Snapchat being used to facilitate pornography and sex trafficked/prostituted advertisements to Snapchat headquarters in Washington D.C.. Snapchat has made improvements to allow Discover publishers to age-gate content, and allowing users to delete specific Discover publishers. We thank Snapchat for discontinuing Snapcash—which was being used to facilitate commercial sexual exploitation. Snapchat has…

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Netflix

After thousands of emails were sent to Netflix by grassroots supporters through the Dirty Dozen List, Netflix took a step forward. Netflix’s parental controls have improved so that 4-digit pin codes used to block certain shows or ratings remain consistent across Profiles, thereby closing a loophole where children could accidentally access sexually graphic content. Further,…

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Walmart

In 2018, after collaborative dialogue with  NCOSE, Walmart committed to removing Cosmopolitan magazine from checkout lines at all of its stores across the country. Cosmopolitan, like Playboy, places women’s value primarily on their ability to sexually satisfy a man and therefore feeds a culture that permisses male sexual entitlement. NCOSE is grateful for Walmart’s leadership to reduce the…

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