Twitter is accused of hypocrisy for often censoring speech but saying that the child abuse videos didn’t violate community standards.
Twitter is known for acting fast to delete people’s speech on the platform – but there’s allegedly something Twitter appears to be more reluctant to take down; even when asked multiple times, and even when that content is illegal.
A minor has filed a lawsuit against Twitter for refusing to remove sexually explicit videos of him, which was posted when he was aged 13. At the time, Twitter claimed the videos, posted by sexual predators, did not violate community standards.
We obtained a copy of the lawsuit for you here.
The lawsuit claims that Twitter failed to remove the videos at the request of both the minor and their parent. The social media company responded to their requests by saying, “We’ve reviewed the content, and did not find a violation of our policies, so, no action will be taken.”
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff, who is now 17, responded:
“What do you mean you don’t see a problem? We both are minors right now and were minors at the time these videos were taken. We both were 13 years of age. We were baited, harassed, and threatened to take these videos that are now being posted without our permission.”
The videos feature the plaintiff at the age of 13, involved in sexual acts with another minor. The predators pretended to be teenagers and tricked the plaintiff into sending sexually explicit photos. They then used the photos to extort him for more sexually explicit content.
Feeling he had no choice, the plaintiff complied and sent the sexual predators videos of him engaged in sexual acts with another minor. However, he eventually got fed up with the blackmail and even blocked the predators.
They warned him he had “made a big mistake.” It seems they carried out that threat since a compilation of the videos surfaced on Twitter in 2019.
After realizing the videos had surfaced online, the plaintiff and his parent reported the issue to Twitter. However, the social media company, which claims to have zero tolerance for child exploitation, ignored their requests, and the videos circulated on the platform for nine days. That was despite the plaintiff providing proof of identity and age, and even reporting the accounts that were circulating the video. …
Are you starting to get the picture? It’s not a “few bad apples”. It’s a culture.