BBC: Facebook removes 11.6 million child abuse posts. “Facebook has released the latest figures in its efforts to remove harmful content from its platforms. They reveal 11.6 million pieces of content related to child nudity and child sexual exploitation were taken down between July and September 2019. For the first time, Facebook is also releasing figures for Instagram and including numbers for posts related to suicide and self-harm.”
TechCrunch: A network of ‘camgirl’ sites exposed millions of users and sex workers. “A number of popular ‘camgirl’ sites have exposed millions of sex workers and users after the company running the sites left the back-end database unprotected. The sites, run by Barcelona-based VTS Media, include amateur.tv, webcampornoxxx.net, and placercams.com. Most of the sites’ users are based in Spain and Europe, but we found evidence of users across the world, including the United States.”
New York Post: ‘Sexual’ use of eggplant and peach emojis banned on Facebook, Instagram. “Under the new terms — which were officially enacted in September — pairing an eggplant or peach emoji with any expression of what Out.com deems ‘being horny’ now qualifies as ‘Sexual Solicitation.’ This can get a user’s account flagged or removed, adult industry news site XBIZ reports.” Facebook has a bad track record for sexual content false positives. I think this will be a disaster.
BuzzFeed News: Porn Stars Vs. Instagram: Inside The Battle To Remain On The Platform. “Porn stars and other sex workers are furious that Instagram continues to take down their accounts with confusing guidelines and explanations — and despite a summer meeting where actors’ union representatives and platform officials tried to hammer out their differences.”
The Verge: Imgur won’t support Reddit’s NSFW communities anymore because they put its ‘business at risk’. “In a blog post published earlier this week, image-sharing site Imgur wrote that it won’t display any content from Reddit’s NSFW communities on its site.”
Geek: UK Abandons Controversial Porn Age Checks. “The U.K. government has ditched plans to age-check visitors to pornographic websites and apps. The policy, part of 2017’s Digital Economy Act (DEA), was designed to protect minors from accessing adult content.”
CNN: The number of deepfake videos online is spiking. Most are porn. “There are at least 14,678 deepfake videos — and counting — on the internet, according to a recent tally by a startup that builds technology to spot this kind of AI-manipulated content. And nearly all of them are porn.”