Daily Suspensions of Twitter Accounts Exploiting Child Sex Abuse Material Nearly Double After Musk Takeover

1 month ago 23

The fig of accounts that are being suspended by Twitter connected a regular ground for sharing child intersexual maltreatment and exploitation worldly has astir doubled since Elon Musk took over, according to a cyber information and information analyst.

Andrea Stroppa, the laminitis of the cybersecurity radical Ghost Data, has been moving arsenic an independent researcher connected Twitter’s Trust and Safety squad successful caller weeks and contributed to a study (pdf) successful September that recovered implicit 500 progressive Twitter accounts had openly shared oregon requested kid pornography from Sept. 1 to 20.

The accounts had pulled successful a full of 2,000 unsocial followers, according to the report.

Stroppa, successful a thread posted to Twitter on Dec. 4, shared an update regarding the fight against kid intersexual exploitation contented being shared connected Twitter.

The expert noted that the platform, nether the helm of Musk, has updated the mode it detects contented related to kid intersexual maltreatment oregon exploitation worldly to marque it faster, much efficient, and “aggressive.”

musk-and-bird A 3D printed Twitter logo is seen successful beforehand of a displayed photograph of Elon Musk successful this illustration taken connected Oct. 27, 2022. (Dado Ruvic/Illustration/Reuters)

‘No Mercy’ for Child Exploitation Accounts

“No mercy for those who are progressive successful these amerciable activities,” Stroppa explained.

Stroppa said the regular suspension complaint among accounts that share child intersexual exploitation contented has astir doubled implicit the past fewer days alone, which helium said means that Twitter is “doing a capillary investigation of contents, particularly those published successful the past.”

“It doesn’t substance erstwhile illicit contented has been published. Twitter volition find it and enactment accordingly,” the adept said.

From Dec. 3 to 4 alone, Stroppa noted that Twitter had taken down 44,000 “suspicious accounts” of which over 1,300 had attempted to debar detection by utilizing “codewords and substance successful images to communicate.”

Stroppa added that Twitter is alert of strategies and communication methods utilized by suspicious accounts and that to increase its quality to support children’s safety, the institution brings in independent and adept 3rd parties.

The level besides has dedicated teams successful spot that are investigating specified accounts and violations of child intersexual exploitation argumentation connected a regular basis, Stroppa said, adding that the teams are “more determined than ever and composed of passionate experts.”

Additionally, Twitter has made it easier for users to report illicit content, according to Stroppa.

Twitter states it has a “zero-tolerance kid intersexual exploitation policy” and that users tin report accounts that they judge should beryllium reviewed via its kid intersexual exploitation form.

Man types connected  machine  keyboard successful  this illustration representation   taken A antheral types connected a machine keyboard successful this illustration representation taken connected Feb. 28, 2013. (Kacper Pempel/Reuters)

John Doe Sues Twitter Over Child Exploitation

However, the level has besides faced a suit (pdf) from 2 individuals, referred to as John Doe #1 and John Doe #2, who assertion that they were tricked into sending explicit photos of themselves to sex traffickers erstwhile they were aged betwixt 13 and 14.

The traffickers besides convinced the minors to nonstop explicit videos of themselves, according to the plaintiffs. Years later, the videos subsequently emerged connected Twitter but the platform, according to the lawyers for the plaintiffs, refused to region them due to the fact that they did not find them to interruption Twitter’s policies connected kid exploitation materials.

The suit besides accused Twitter of profiting disconnected the footage. Eventually, the Department of Homeland information intervened and the videos were pulled from the platform.

Back successful November, Musk pledged that removing child exploitation from Twitter was his fig 1 precedence and called connected Twitter users to pass him if they see anything that Twitter needs to address.

Overall, reports alleging online child intersexual exploitation increased by implicit 35 percent from 2020 to 2021, according to the U.S. National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).

If you’re a unfortunate of kid intersexual exploitation connected the net oregon are alert of kid intersexual maltreatment material, enactment trafficking, oregon different crimes against children online, you tin marque a study astatine CyberTipline.org oregon telephone NCMEC astatine 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).

Katabella Roberts


Katabella Roberts is simply a quality writer for The Epoch Times, focusing chiefly connected the United States, world, and concern news.