The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has released a report highlighting actions taken by major corporations to address concerns about children’s access to pornographic material on the internet.
On Feb. 9, which is Safer Internet Day, NCOSE detailed “victories to celebrate” in the organization’s battle against organizations that “prop up sexual exploitation through their platforms or services.” NCOSE puts together a Dirty Dozen List every year, documenting the worst offenders and urging people to take action to convince the companies to change their behavior.
In its Tuesday report, NCOSE highlighted that eight companies it had previously singled out on Dirty Dozen lists had taken actions to address their concerns. Here are the eight companies that have made strides that NCOSE describes as Dirty Dozen List 2020 Victories.
Included on the 2020 Dirty Dozen List as a result of its failure to “create better systems to prevent kids from easily accessing the many Amazon Prime titles that contain gratuitous nudity and sexual violence,” Amazon “finally rolled out some parental controls, including the ability to set up different profiles with content restrictions” over the summer, NCOSE noted.
While acknowledging that Amazon Prime has made improvements, NCOSE stressed that the company “still has many major problems to fix.” Several concerns about Amazon, specifically, the availability of “incest-themed porn, sex dolls, photography books with eroticized child nudity, and pornographic magazines,” remain unresolved.
Google was included on the 2020 Dirty Dozen List for “serving as a party and facilitator” to sexual exploitation, specifically by enabling school children to access pornography on Google Chromebooks and allowing pedophiles to network on YouTube.
NCOSE thanked Google for changing its algorithms to “decrease exposure to hardcore pornography for users looking up innocent, unrelated, or scientific terms in Google Images.” Additionally, Google “made advertising policy changes to move their prohibited ‘Adult’ content to the ‘Inappropriate’ content section” and banned “ads promoting prostitution—including ‘compensated dating’ (i.e. ‘sugar dating.’)”
Netflix’s inclusion on the Dirty Dozen List came before the distribution of “Cuties,” a movie that has come under intense criticism for its sexualization of young girls. Even before the release of “Cuties” and the resulting outrage, NCOSE took issue with its distribution of content that contained “graphic sexual content” and the fact that the Netflix app was rated as suitable for viewers aged 4 and older.
Netflix has changed the rating of its app to 12+, indicating that material on it is not suitable for children under the age of 12. The streaming service has also modified its parental controls to address a loophole that enabled children to access adult content that their parents banned them from viewing on their specific profile to view the material on their parents’ profile as opposed to their own.
The changes will enable any blocks on certain programming to apply to all accounts on all profiles managed by members. Parents also have the ability to block their children from viewing specific TV shows and movies.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Ryan Foley