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TikTok Facilitating Sexual Exploitation of Minors

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The globally popular app TikTok is worrying experts who say it is becoming a breeding ground for the sexual exploitation of young girls. Particularly worrisome to legal, law enforcement, and children’s safety experts is the TikTok “live” feature.

Forbes reports that many children at alarming rates are engaging in transactions with adults that include sexual favors. In theory the app has security measures in place such as a minimum age requirement of 18 in order to be able to exchange money. No one under age 16 is allowed to go live. They are a poor deterrent to predators.

Austin Berrier, a special agent with Homeland Security Investigations who specializes in live-streamed cyber crimes and child sexual abuse, said often alarms are not raised among parents or authorities because monetization is “through tokens or flowers or stupid little emojis.”

John Shehan, a vice president at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, told Forbes the predators form relationships and trust with the children. “That’s how it starts,”  he said.

But, the interactions “quickly go from images of the feet, whether there’s monetary compensation or just the fact that they’re willing to take those images, that move off-platform into other platforms or other environments where they continue to ask for additional photographs, more sexually suggestive, that then very quickly turn into pornographic images,” he said. “And then before you know it, it’s a sextortion case.”

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  1. Jonathan

    April 28, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    Good sounds like it’s progressing in the right area please for god sakes lower the age! The younger the better.

  2. Chance

    May 6, 2022 at 9:53 am

    I think those predators going after children need to be executed, trust me those kids will never be the same, I know I was molested as a kid!!!!

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Internal docs show Amazon censored books on vaccinations due to pressure from Biden White House

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Recently released internal Amazon emails reveal the company caved to pressure from the Biden White House to suppress available vaccine information.

Provided to the House Judiciary Committee, the emails light on the extent of the Biden White House’s influence over the retail giant regarding vaccine-related content. The emails disclose a concerning narrative of pressure from government officials to suppress information deemed unfavorable to their agenda.

Republican Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio took to Twitter to disclose the findings, stating that the emails reveal direct pressure from the White House on Amazon to censor books expressing views contrary to those endorsed by the administration. One email, albeit redacted, explicitly poses the question of whether the administration requested the removal of certain books, to which the answer was affirmative.

National Review highlights the successful efforts of the Biden administration in persuading Amazon to limit the visibility of titles skeptical of vaccine efficacy. White House senior adviser for Covid-19 response, Andrew Slavitt, expressed concerns about Amazon’s role in propagating what he termed as “misinformation” regarding vaccines. His emails illustrate a push for action to address what he perceived as a proliferation of dissenting views.

In response to Slavitt’s inquiries, Amazon initially hesitated to take overt action, fearing backlash from conservative media outlets. The company’s internal deliberations reflect a concern for public perception and the potential amplification of the issue if intervention were too conspicuous.

Despite initially refraining from manual intervention, Amazon eventually succumbed to pressure, engaging in discussions with White House officials. The company’s internal documents reveal deliberations on whether the administration sought outright book bans or alterations to search results. Amazon’s stance, as expressed in their meeting with the White House, emphasized the provision of diverse viewpoints and the distinction between online retail and social media platforms.

 

 

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