Tagged With child exploitation

On Friday, niche blogging platform Tumblr became suddenly and inexplicably unavailable on Apple’s app store, and since then users posting adult-themed content have claimed their blogs are being deleted by the site without warning despite no official statement from either Tumblr, it’s parent company Oath, or Apple. The reason, as some had grimly suggested, was confirmed to be because of child pornography being hosted on the site.

Facebook is using new machine learning tech to flag child exploitation and nudity on the service, the company’s global safety head Antigone Davis announced yesterday. In the last quarter alone, Davis says the new tools helped the company delete “8.7 million pieces of content” that “violated our child nudity or sexual exploitation of children policies”.

As 2017 wheezes to its merciful end and the social media titans reckon with growing backlash, Twitter's largely forgotten video streaming app Periscope has gained an insidious second life as a hub for seekers of child pornography. Gizmodo's search of the platform over the course of a single afternoon uncovered dozens of accounts - 50 in total - which appeared to be soliciting sexualised images of minors, or in the worst cases, depicting it themselves.