Twitter's Refusal to Take Down Child Porn Might Have Lead to Stopping Its Foray Into Its Own Porn Venture

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There is a lot of porn on Twitter. There’s so much of it, in fact, that Twitter had once considered finding a way to monetize it.

With the rise of pornography apps and sites like Only Fans, Twitter was presented with a way to do that. In this way, Twitter users could charge subscriptions to allow their followers to see their naughty bits for a fee. It would appear that Twitter was well into considering this option, but something happened on its site that involved a minor not long ago.


According to the The Verge, Twitter created a “Red Team” specifically designed to “to pressure-test the decision to allow adult creators to monetize on the platform, by specifically focusing on what it would look like for Twitter to do this safely and responsibly.”

What they found was that “safely and responsibly” wasn’t something that Twitter could do seeing as how the company doesn’t effectively police harmful sexual content. As The Verge reported, the Red Team found some major flaws in Twitter’s system when it comes to nudity and sex:

“Twitter cannot accurately detect child sexual exploitation and non-consensual nudity at scale,” the Red Team concluded in April 2022. The company also lacked tools to verify that creators and consumers of adult content were of legal age, the team found. As a result, in May — weeks after Elon Musk agreed to purchase the company for $44 billion — the company delayed the project indefinitely. If Twitter couldn’t consistently remove child sexual exploitative content on the platform today, how would it even begin to monetize porn?

So Twitter shelved the project…and nothing else.

As The Verge reported, Twitter still hasn’t taken any meaningful steps to counter the problem of pornography on its website and stop the uploading of things such as child porn and revenge porn. Twitter will go above and beyond to stop speech they don’t like, but angrily uploading naked pictures of your ex or distributing underage nudes is still slipping by the censors.


Moreover, Twitter’s brass seems to know about this but has decided not to lift any fingers according to employees spoken to by The Verge:

Employees we spoke to reiterated that despite executives knowing about the company’s CSE problems, Twitter has not committed sufficient resources to detect, remove, and prevent harmful content from the platform.

Part of the problem is scale. Every platform struggles to manage the illegal materials users upload to the site, and in that regard, Twitter is no different. The platform, a critical medium for global communication with 229 million daily users, has the content moderation challenges that come with operating any large space on the internet and the added struggle of outsized scrutiny from politicians and the media.

But unlike larger peers, including Google and Facebook, Twitter has suffered from a history of mismanagement and a generally weak business that has failed to turn a profit for eight of the past 10 years. As a result, the company has invested far less in content moderation and user safety than its rivals.

That’s bad enough, but the story gets worse.

According to the Daily Wire, Twitter is being sued in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California over the sexual exploitation of a 13-year-old boy. According to the report, a sexual video had been posted of the boy to Twitter and despite reporting it and even having proof of the child’s age, Twitter refused to take the video down:


“Twitter put profits over survivors,” said Eliza Bleu, a sex trafficking survivor turned advocate. “Twitter embraced the censorship of words and ideas while children begged them to censor the most violent and horrific moments of their lives.”

With these reports in hand, we can see where Twitter’s priorities lie. They will advocate for leftist causes that drift all the way to the extremes but when it comes to the basic safety of children and the sexual exploitation of innocents, Twitter can’t seem to be bothered. In fact, it may fight you on it.

Twitter’s concerns lie with the political, not the moral. Any claims that they want to make the world a better place are clearly empty talk used to mask something that is negligent and irresponsible at best, malicious and exploitative at worst.


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