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Post by Thorin on Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:17 pm

Twitter is responsible for almost half of the child abuse material found by UK investigators being hosted openly on popular tech sites, according to figures seen by the Telegraph.

Statistics from the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) show that 49 percent of the images, videos and url links it found on social media, search engines and cloud services in the last three years were on the social network, making up 1,396 of the total 2,835 incidents found.

Child protection figures warned the each incident could represent hundreds or thousands of images or videos, as they included urls linking back to child abuse websites.

The IWF, the UK's online abuse watchdog, can only find child abuse material on the open web, meaning all the abuse images and videos found had slipped through tech companies' filters and were available for anyone to see. The IWF is also unable to scan for abuse images in messaging apps or even closed Facebook groups.

The IWF say that the figures show the number of child abuse images and urls being openly hosted on popular sites was increasing year-on-year, with 742 incidents found in 2016, 1,016 in 2017 and 1,077 in 2018.

John Carr OBE, secretary of the Children’s Charities' Coalition for Internet Safety, which represents organisations such as the NSPCC and Barnardo's, said: “It is appalling and scandalous that thousands of child abuse images are openly available on popular social media and search engine sites for anybody to see.

“The crucial point is that each report is not one image but there could hundreds or thousands of images behind each of those reports.

“The industry needs to eradicate this horrific material from there services and Twitter in particular needs to get its house in order.

“Well done to the Daily Telegraph for getting these numbers into the public domain. We shouldn’t have had to wait this long.”


https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/11/10/twitter-responsible-half-child-abuse-material-uk-investigators/

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Post by eddie on Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:44 pm

Twitter should be monitored! Why isn’t it???

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Post by Ben Reilly on Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:13 pm

eddie wrote:Twitter should be monitored! Why isn’t it???

Because anybody who monitored it would have to be paid; governments don't want to pay for that and neither does Twitter. So they rely on users to report abuses, and we all know how efficient that is Rolling Eyes

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Post by eddie on Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:14 pm

Perhaps Twitter bosses don’t mind paedophilia?

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Post by Ben Reilly on Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:20 pm

eddie wrote:Perhaps Twitter bosses don’t mind paedophilia?

They'll mind if it ever comes back to bite them, but really, no. They don't mind that, they didn't mind ISIS recruiting with Twitter until it bit them, they didn't mind the alt-right posting hate speech until it bit them, etc.

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Post by gelico on Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:10 am




twitter is crazy

it reminds me of the old ADO but magnified


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Post by nicko on Wed Nov 13, 2019 5:49 am

What's ADO ?
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Post by JulesV on Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:29 am

phildidge wrote:Twitter is responsible for almost half of the child abuse material found by UK investigators being hosted openly on popular tech sites, according to figures seen by the Telegraph.

Statistics from the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) show that 49 percent of the images, videos and url links it found on social media, search engines and cloud services in the last three years were on the social network, making up 1,396 of the total 2,835 incidents found.

Child protection figures warned the each incident could represent hundreds or thousands of images or videos, as they included urls linking back to child abuse websites.

The IWF, the UK's online abuse watchdog, can only find child abuse material on the open web, meaning all the abuse images and videos found had slipped through tech companies' filters and were available for anyone to see. The IWF is also unable to scan for abuse images in messaging apps or even closed Facebook groups.

The IWF say that the figures show the number of child abuse images and urls being openly hosted on popular sites was increasing year-on-year, with 742 incidents found in 2016, 1,016 in 2017 and 1,077 in 2018.

John Carr OBE, secretary of the Children’s Charities' Coalition for Internet Safety, which represents organisations such as the NSPCC and Barnardo's, said: “It is appalling and scandalous that thousands of child abuse images are openly available on popular social media and search engine sites for anybody to see.

“The crucial point is that each report is not one image but there could hundreds or thousands of images behind each of those reports.

“The industry needs to eradicate this horrific material from there services and Twitter in particular needs to get its house in order.

“Well done to the Daily Telegraph for getting these numbers into the public domain. We shouldn’t have had to wait this long.”


https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/11/10/twitter-responsible-half-child-abuse-material-uk-investigators/

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What a disgrace, an absolute disgrace.

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Post by Thorin on Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:40 pm

nicko wrote:What's ADO  ?

"A Different Opinion" forum run by Sphinx, to accomdate many exiled posters. When skynews shut down its debate forum

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Post by 'Wolfie on Thu Nov 14, 2019 5:12 am

Basketball

Holding Twitter "responsible" for everything that is posted on it, is like saying that a country's Postal Services should be held "responsible" for every threatening letter, parcel/letter bomb/anthrax scare, drug supplies, or other nasty items it processes..

As for Twitter itself, I've never bothered with it..

Seems to be too many silly twats on there.

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Post by eddie on Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:23 pm

'Wolfie wrote:Basketball

Holding Twitter "responsible" for everything that is posted on it, is like saying that a country's Postal Services should be held "responsible" for every threatening letter, parcel/letter bomb/anthrax scare, drug supplies, or other nasty items it processes..

As for Twitter itself, I've never bothered with it..

Seems to be too many silly twats on there.

I’m not on Twitter either but I do think they are responsible for moderation on what’s posted.

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Post by Thorin on Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:30 pm

eddie wrote:
'Wolfie wrote:Basketball

Holding Twitter "responsible" for everything that is posted on it, is like saying that a country's Postal Services should be held "responsible" for every threatening letter, parcel/letter bomb/anthrax scare, drug supplies, or other nasty items it processes..

As for Twitter itself, I've never bothered with it..

Seems to be too many silly twats on there.

I’m not on Twitter either but I do think they are responsible for moderation on what’s posted.

Their moderation is a joke

Antisemitism is allowed

People get banned for saying a trans women is a biological male

Welcome to the new world of woke blasphemy. Where even scientists get banned for saying this

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Post by Ben Reilly on Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:31 pm

eddie wrote:
'Wolfie wrote:Basketball

Holding Twitter "responsible" for everything that is posted on it, is like saying that a country's Postal Services should be held "responsible" for every threatening letter, parcel/letter bomb/anthrax scare, drug supplies, or other nasty items it processes..

As for Twitter itself, I've never bothered with it..

Seems to be too many silly twats on there.

I’m not on Twitter either but I do think they are responsible for moderation on what’s posted.

These social media companies are a bit of a paradox. They're in one sense a publisher, which makes them responsible for what they publish.

But in another sense they're like the telephone company -- a network put together to allow people to speak to one another, and not responsible for what the people actually say.

So it's pretty hard to figure out how exactly they should be regulated, and what they're really responsible for.

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