Meta, Netflix, OnlyFans Named on NCOSE Annual “Dirty Dozen List” for 2022
Published: March 10, 2022
Meta, Netflix, OnlyFans Named on NCOSE Annual “Dirty Dozen List” for 2022
By Movieguide® Staff
On March 8, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) announced their 2022 “Dirty Dozen List.”
The annual list began in 2013, and highlights twelve “mainstream entities” who enable, promote, or even profit from sexual abuse and exploitation.
“The Dirty Dozen List is an annual campaign calling out twelve mainstream entities for facilitating, enabling, and even profiting from sexual abuse and exploitation,” NCOSE’s website reads. “Since its inception in 2013, the Dirty Dozen List has galvanized thousands of individuals like YOU to call on corporations, government agencies, and organizations to change problematic policies and practices. This campaign has yielded major victories at Google, Netflix, TikTok, Hilton Worldwide, Verizon, Walmart, US Department of Defense, and many more.”
In no particular order, here are the 12 companies that made the “Dirty Dozen List” for 2022:
“Discord, a widely popular communication platform for adults and children alike, consistently fails to address the extensive sexually graphic, violent, and exploitative content on its thousands of private and public channels. Discord’s inadequate age verification and moderation procedures means millions of children and teen users are left with near-unmitigated exposure to child sexual abuse material, nonconsensual pornography trading, and the predatory grooming that are rampant on its platform.”
“Etsy is a global online marketplace known for ‘unique and creative goods’ including handmade and vintage products. Unfortunately, it is also in the business of selling pornographic merchandise, image-based sexual abuse, misogynistic apparel, and sex dolls – including ones resembling children and young teens.”
“Customers complain about unwanted exposure to pornography and sexually explicit/suggestive content through recommendations, some likening this experience to ‘sexual harassment’. Yet Etsy’s mechanism for removing such content from search results is highly ineffective and often causes more of this content to surface. Etsy has an ethical obligation to stop profiting from and normalizing child sex abuse and exploitation.”
“Google (including its parent company Alphabet and related subsidiary companies) is a vast corporate empire, and many working within it care deeply about fighting sexual abuse and exploitation. Yet, at the same time, we know that exploitation still occurs through Google/Alphabet’s many tools, often due to blind spots in policy or practice that—if fixed—could prevent countless abuses worldwide.”
“For decades, thousands of families have entrusted their children’s hearts, minds, and safety to Kanakuk Kamps—one of the largest Christian sports camps. Tragically, in a deeply troubling array of instances, the safety of children took a back seat to other considerations as years of child sexual abuse at Kanakuk Kamps have been covered up by the organization. This was and is a violation of trust, and ultimately a failure of leadership.”
“Kik is a free messaging app popular among young people. A third of American teens use Kik to chat with friends and connect with brands, games, and media. However, the anonymity and ease of connecting with strangers also ranks it among the most dangerous online spaces for kids: one study found that 23% of ‘Kiksters’ ages 9 – 17 had a sexually explicit interaction on the platform, with 14% of users experiencing such an interaction with someone they believed to be an adult. Sexually explicit content is not only rampant, but easily accessible in the multitude of public group chats. Law enforcement has been sounding the alarm for years about Kik being a stomping ground for predators, yet Kik hasn’t made any substantive improvements to keep kids safe.”
“Meta may be an updated name and vision for Facebook, but the corporation’s extensive harms to children and adults alike remain the same. Meta owns Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp: all of which are consistently under fire as primary places for grooming, sextortion, child sexual abuse materials, sex trafficking, and a host of other crimes and ills.”
“Netflix is a staple of at-home entertainment, with over 200 million subscribers streaming their content worldwide. Yet mixed in with the fun and entertainment, is rampant sexual objectification and glamorization of abuse. Sociologists have identified a marked increase in graphic sex scenes and gratuitous nudity permeating Netflix shows. Further, Netflix continues a trend of normalizing the sexualization of children and whitewashing the violence and exploitation in prostitution.”
“OnlyFans exploded in notoriety and profit during COVID-19, as the subscription-based platform known for pornography preyed on widespread financial insecurities and capitalized on youth spending more time online. OnlyFans is set up as a potential ‘pyramid scheme’ incentivizing ‘creators’ to recruit new users – resulting in a flood on social media of false promises of fast cash and fame. Sex buyers and pimps maximize buying and selling people behind the security of a paywall. Yet survivors, whistleblowers, police, and investigative journalists have uncovered child sexual abuse material, sex trafficking, rape videos, and a host of other crimes, making the case clear: OnlyFans is a safe haven for exploitation.”
“Reddit, referred to as the ‘front page of the Internet,’ hosts more than two million user-created ‘communities’ covering nearly as many topics. Unfortunately, among these ‘subreddits’ are countless sexually explicit images and videos posted without consent (image-based sexual abuse), child sexual abuse material (child pornography), hardcore pornography, prostitution, and the likely facilitation of sex trafficking.”
“Pedophiles and other predators go to Twitter to trade in criminal content such as child sexual abuse and nonconsensual pornography. The platform is rampant with accounts and posts functioning as advertisements for commercial sex—including prostitution.”
“Verisign, a publicly traded U.S. company that provides Internet infrastructure and services, was granted exclusive management over the .com and .net generic top-level domains. According to the Internet Watch Foundation’s 2020 report, 82% of all websites containing child sexual abuse material were registered on .com and .net domains. While some other registrars and registries are disrupting domains associated with child sexual abuse material, Verisign fails to take meaningful action and instead inhibits attempts to protect children.”
“Visa rightly cut ties with Pornhub in 2020 after public outcry regarding the rampant sex trafficking and child sexual abuse material hosted on the pornography site. However, Visa has since re-initiated a relationship with MindGeek (Pornhub’s parent company) and other pornography websites and failed to follow the example of Mastercard in requiring that sites hosting sexually explicit material implement common sense measures to prevent and remove illegal content.
“Furthermore, Visa also allows transactions for brothels and prostitution websites. Visa should live up to its corporate social responsibility principles and stop buttressing the infrastructure of the exploitative commercial sex industry. Visa claims it helps power money movement globally, but that must not include powering the global economy of commercial sexual exploitation.”
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