The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has released its annual "Dirty Dozen" list, a list of companies the organization says facilitates, enables or profits from sexual abuse and exploitation.
"Corporations and popular brands shape our culture and influence the ways we think, act, and feel about ourselves and others. And while many of these entities bring positive benefits and allow us to communicate, learn, work, and relax, unfortunately, many are also fueling sexual exploitation through their business practices, policies, and products," Lina Nealon, director of corporate and strategic initiatives for the NCOSE said in a statement.
"Children and marginalized people, in particular, are being harmed at record numbers due to increased vulnerabilities created by the pandemic – yet corporations continue watching profits skyrocket without prioritizing user protection and well-being," the statement continued. "We cannot allow this reality to go unchallenged, and our annual Dirty Dozen List advocates for crucial changes toward corporate social responsibility."
Some of the companies on the list include Discord, a communication platform for both adults and children. The list said that the app "consistently fails to address the extensively sexually graphic, violent, and exploitative content on its thousands of private and public channels."
NCOSE said the platform uses "inadequate age verification" procedures so children and young teens can be easily exposed to "child sexual abuse material, non-consensual pornography trading, and predatory grooming."
NCOSE also pointed to Google but said the site has made some strides to better protect users. Still, NCOSE says the search engine gives "access to real and depicted content of sexual abuse, including graphic videos of sex trafficking, child sexual abuse, and nonconsensually recorded/shared content, as well as illegal and socially damaging-themed content."
Other places named in the list were Etsy, Kanakuk Kamps, Kik, Meta, Netflix, OnlyFans, Reddit, Twitter, Verisign, and Visa.
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