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NCOSE’s 2024 Dirty Dozen List Adds Meta, Apple

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NCOSE’s 2024 Dirty Dozen List Adds Meta, Apple

By Movieguide® Contributor

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation announced its 2024 Dirty Dozen List on Thursday.

“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 says.

“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,” NCOSE says.

The 2024 list includes:

Apple

Cash App

Cloudflare

Dicsord

LinkedIn

Meta

Microsoft’s Github

Reddit

Roblox

Spotify

Telegram

The Communications Decency Act, Section 230

The Communications Decency Act, Section 230, isn’t the typical tech company that usually appears on NCOSE’s annual list.

NCOSE says the law “sought to incentivize tech companies to actively safeguard younger users from harmful content. Congress added Section 230 to the CDA with the aim of fostering an environment where platforms could grow and flourish without fear of being held liable for content posted by third parties.”

“Fast forward to today, and it is apparent that this measured shield intended to protect innovation has become an impenetrable fortress for social media giants and online platforms, even when their very business models facilitate and profit from horrors—sex trafficking, child sexual abuse material, and the scourge of image-based sexual abuse,” NCOSE said.

According to NCOSE, the 28-year-old act is outdated. In 1996, Google and YouTube weren’t created yet. There were 20 million American internet users. Today, there are 15 times that many.

Now, with the rapid sweep of AI technology, NCOSE believes it’s high time the law was changed.

Companies that remain on the list from last year are Discord, Microsoft’s Github, Reddit, Roblox and Spotify. 2023 listed the Apple App Store and Instagram, but this year, those have been changed to Apple and Meta to target their parent companies.

Movieguide® recently shared some of NCOSE’s 2023 victories:

“Snapchat improved detection and removal of sexually explicit/exploitative content, protecting the  90% of young people in 20+ countries that use this app!” NCOSE wrote

Snapchat even credited NCOSE for encouraging them to make these changes in a public statement, writing, “Several of our new product safeguards were informed by feedback from The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE). Our new in-app educational resources were developed with The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). We are grateful for their recommendations and contributions.”

NCOSE added that Discord “activated higher safety settings by default and improved policies on child sexualization,” while “Reddit updated their child safety policy to more specifically prohibit various types of content and activities sexualizing children.”

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