Twitter is being sued by a child pornography victim for refusing to remove images of him at 13 that were posted by blackmail predators.
Twitter allegedly told the victim that the child pornography did not violate the platform’s terms of service.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in California on behalf of the 17-year-old from Florida, identified only as “John Doe.”
The National File reports that when Doe was 13 to 14, he was targeted by sex traffickers posing as a 16-year-old classmate, who blackmailed him into sharing nude content.
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“After initially exchanging naked content, the victim was then forced to share more, otherwise the material would be shared with her ‘parents, coach, pastor’ and others, the traffickers threatened. Doe initially complied under duress, the lawsuit notes, but later succeeded in blocking the traffickers. However, at some point in 2019, the child pornography was then shared on Twitter from two accounts known to share this material, ”the National File report explains.
Doe’s lawsuit says he reported the accounts sharing the images to Twitter no less than three times, but Twitter claimed they had “reviewed the content and found no violation” of their policies.
The images of the very young Doe have accumulated more than 167,000 views on the platform.
“What do you mean by you don’t see a problem?” Doe responded to Twitter. “We are both minors at the moment and we were minors when these videos were taken. We were both 13 years old. We have been harassed, harassed and threatened to take these videos which are now being posted without our permission. We have not authorized these videos AT ALL and they should be removed. “
The content was not removed until a Department of Homeland Security agent contacted Twitter.
“This is in direct contrast to what their automated response message and user agreement state they will do to protect children,” the lawsuit says.
National File reported last year that Twitter’s terms of service explicitly allow people to speak openly about child rape on their platform, despite claiming to have “zero tolerance for anything. material presenting or promoting the sexual exploitation of children ”.
“Discussions relating to the sexual exploitation of children as a phenomenon or attraction to minors are permitted, provided they do not in any way promote or glorify the sexual exploitation of children. Artistic representations of naked minors in a non-sexualized context or setting may be permitted in a limited number of scenarios, for example works by internationally renowned artists featuring minors ”, state the conditions of use of the platform .
Twitter grants more free speech rights to pedophiles and child predators than to supporters of Donald Trump.