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When (and why) we remove content from Google search results

Access to information is at the core of Google’s mission, and every day we work to make information from the web available to everyone. We design our systems to return the most relevant and reliable information possible, but our search results include pages from the open web. Depending on what you search for, the results can include content that people might find objectionable or offensive.While we’re committed to providing open access to information, we also have a strong commitment and respons...
Tags: Google, Search, Danny Sullivan, CSAM, How Search Works


Big tech can't keep our kids safe, so the platforms need to at least make it easier for parents to protect their children online

Junior, 7, recovering from COVID-19, plays games on his father's phone on April 25, 2020 in Stamford, Connecticut. John Moore/Getty Images Social media platforms don't adequately prioritize online safety for kids - but we've been asking the wrong things of them. Children face real dangers online, including issues like bullying, sexual predators, and more. Big Tech needs to partner with parents to give them greater control over their children's online worlds. Brian Bason is ...
Tags: Instagram, US, Trends, CSAM, Facebook Messenger Kids, Brian Bason, TikTok YouTube, COVID, Bark Technologies Inc


Our efforts to fight child sexual abuse online

Across Google and YouTube, we are always working to protect our users from harmful content, especially the kind of horrific, illegal content referred to as child sexual abuse material (CSAM). Since our earliest days, we’ve been committed to fighting online child sexual exploitation and abuse both on our platforms and in the broader online ecosystem. We have invested in the teams, tools, and resources to deter, remove, and report this kind of content, and to help other companies do so. But we kno...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Youtube, Colombia, Brazil, CSAM, Internet Watch Foundation, Across Google, Safety & Security, Ncmec, Kristie Canegallo, CSAI, CSAM NCMEC, Yubo Along, Canadian Center for Child Protection


Section 230 Year-in-Review for 2020

Section 230 had such a drama-filled year that I decided to do a separate roundup, in addition to my annual Internet Law wrapup coming soon. (I know 2020 feels like it was a decade ago…) Trigger warning: this post is a shitshow. My list of Top 10 Section 230 developments of 2020: #10: A Tsunami of Reform Bills Were Introduced.  Over two dozen Section 230 reform or repeal bills were introduced in Congress’ 116th session. In general, the bills reflected a partisan divide over Section 230: Democrat...
Tags: Amazon, Twitter, Fcc, Law, Congress, California, Mexico, Senate, US, Canada, United States, House, Doj, Wall Street Journal, Malwarebytes, Knight Foundation


Google Isn’t Liable for Allegedly Problematic Search Results–Diez v. Google

Diez claims to be a “naturist” (note: these facts are taken from Diez’s complaint). He conducted Google image searches for the keywords “family naturist females,” “family naturist girls,” “family nudist females,” and “family nudist girls.” [PLEASE DO NOT INDEPENDENTLY INVESTIGATE THESE KEYWORD SEARCHES] Diez says he obtained 25-30 images of “minor females.” At his Pinterest page, he posted a photo of “a 7-8 year old girl standing nude on a sandbar with a scenic background” that he claims he dow...
Tags: Google, Texas, Law, Congress, Marketing, Search Engines, DOE, Usc, Peterson, Fifth Circuit, Google Inc, CSAM, Content Regulation, Derivative Liability, Ncmec, Diez


Pornhub restricts uploads, downloads after child porn found on platform

Pornhub will only allow uploads from verified users, and content partners, and has disabled the ability the ability to download content from the platform — except for paid downloads by verified users —, the company announced in a blog post. In addition, the platform will also strengthen its content moderation practices. These changes follow a scathing New York Times report, which documented how Pornhub is replete with child sexual abuse material, and how people whose intimate clips end up on the...
Tags: Travel, News, Microsoft, Youtube, Bloomberg, New York Times, Child Sexual Abuse, Pornhub, Mastercard, Visa, Child Pornography, Facebook Instagram Twitter, Mastercard Visa, CSAM, National Center for Missing Exploited Children, Ncmec


Lawmakers are turning up the heat on PornHub by introducing a bill that allows victims of sex trafficking and revenge porn to sue sites hosting videos of them

Republican Senator Josh Hawley. Erin Schaff/Pool via REUTERS Bipartisan lawmakers introduced a bill on Wednesday that, if passed, would allow victims of sexual assault, trafficking, and revenge porn to sue porn websites that host videos of them. The bill follows an explosive New York Times column, which accused PornHub of hosting various kinds of illegal videos containing underage girls, rape, and women who were secretly filmed. PornHub asserts it does not allow child sexual abuse on its p...
Tags: Politics, Sexual Assault, Porn, Trends, New York Times, Pornhub, Republican, Times, Mastercard, Business Insider, Trafficking, Maggie Hassan, CSAM, New York Times Even, Tech Insider, Josh Hawley


Pornhub just made major changes to its site's rules following accusations that the platform hosts illegal content

Pornhub, a popular pornography site, is one of the most visited websites in the US. Shutterstock Pornhub announced major changes to its platform on Tuesday. The site says it will increase its moderation team, only allow verified accounts to upload material, and ban downloads. The changes come after the New York Times published an op-ed accusing Pornhub of hosting videos taken without participants' consent, including scenes featuring rape, spy-cameras of women, and underage girls.  Followin...
Tags: News, US, Trends, New York Times, American Express, Pornhub, Mastercard, Visa, Reuters, CSAM, Nicholas Kristof, Kristof, Tech Insider, Red Team, MindGeek, Business News Desk


Pornhub Might Lose Visa and Mastercard After NYT Exposé

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Last week, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof detailed the easily-searchable horrors uploaded in plain view onto Pornhub, arguing that the site goes unpunished for profiting from child sex abuse material (CSAM), sexual assault, and nonconsensual pornography (sometimes called "revenge porn.") Now, Visa and Mastercard claim that they're reassessing their relationship with the site's parent company, Canadian porn megacorp MindGeek. In email...
Tags: Tech, New York Times, Pornhub, Gizmodo, Mastercard, CSAM, Nicholas Kristof, MindGeek, Gizmodo Visa, National and International Center for Missing


Pornhub Might Lose Visa and Mastercard After New York Times Exposé

Last week, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof detailed the easily-searchable horrors uploaded in plain view onto Pornhub, arguing that the site goes unpunished for profiting from child sex abuse material (CSAM), sexual assault, and nonconsensual pornography (sometimes called “revenge porn.”) Now, Visa and…Read more...
Tags: Science, New York Times, Pornhub, CSAM, Nicholas Kristof, MindGeek, Mastercard After New York Times


Australian parliamentary committee summons Facebook, Google over abuse on platforms

Indian Parliamentary Committees are not the only ones that are taking American tech giants to the task. Earlier today, the Australian House of Representatives’ Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs heard from representatives of Google and Facebook during its inquiry into family, domestic and sexual violence. As the parliamentarians grilled the two companies about whether their measures to protect users from abusive content were adequate, both Google and Facebook defended their da...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Japan, UK, News, Australia, India, US, End-to-end Encryption, Herald, Grant, Department of Home Affairs, WhatsApp Facebook, Pacific Islands


Social media platforms should take all measures to not host child porn: Delhi High Court

It is necessary for social media platforms to take all effective measures so that child pornography is not hosted on their platforms, the Delhi High Court recently . This is a necessary condition for platforms to fulfil if they wish to receive safe harbour protections under India’s intermediary liability rules. The order came after a woman filed a plea seeking to remove her intimate pictures from platforms such as Instagram, YouTube, and Telegram, claiming they were taken when she was a minor, ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, UK, News, Instagram, Indonesia, Australia, Youtube, Mexico, Iraq, India, US, Social Media, Pakistan, Child Sexual Abuse


‘We want backdoors to E2E encrypted platforms for law enforcement’: India, Japan, Five Eyes to companies

India, along with the Five Eyes intelligence alliance and Japan, wants companies to build backdoors to end-to-end encrypted platforms for access to law enforcement agencies, according to an signed by the seven countries. They have argued that end-to-end encryption poses “significant challenges to public safety”, especially to the safety of “highly vulnerable members” of society like sexually exploited children. The Five Eyes alliance comprises of USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Wha...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Japan, Usa, UK, News, Privacy, Australia, India, US, Eu, European Union, Whatsapp, Surveillance, Encryption


Sen. Graham Cares More About Trolls Than Section 230 (Comments on Online Content Policy Modernization Act)

I’m blogging yet another terrible Section 230 reform proposal: S. 4534, the ‘‘Online Freedom and Viewpoint Diversity Act’’ (introduced by Sens. Wicker, Graham, and Blackburn), which has been rolled into S. 4632, the “Online Content Policy Modernization Act.” Despite the urgent existential crises engulfing our country, Sen. Graham has fast-tracked a markup on S. 4632 for tomorrow. South Carolina voters: how can you stand for this? Sen. Graham’s  Series of Anti-Section 230 Moves in 2020 Sen. Grah...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Congress, Senate, America, Graham, Blackburn, South Carolina, Trump, Copyright Office, Senate Judiciary Committee, Frankenstein, CSAM, Sen Graham, Senate Commerce Committee, Content Regulation


India accounts for 35% of all TikTok videos removed between Jan-Jun’20

India has earned itself the dubious distinction for getting the maximum number of TikTok videos removed between January and June 2020 — a whopping 37,682,924 — four times the country with the second highest removals — USA with 9,822,996 (9.82 million). Of the 37.68 million videos removed in India, only 225 videos and 8 accounts were removed or blocked at the government’s request; all others were removed by TikTok of its own volition, indicating that India led in the creation of violative content...
Tags: Travel, Usa, News, Microsoft, Russia, India, United States, Pakistan, United Kingdom, Brazil, Google Facebook, CSAM, Dartmouth University, Kevin Mayer, Big Tech, Tiktok


Google wants safe harbour to be preserved, remains non-committal over competition in submission to EU

Data related to Google’s digital services cannot be accessed by third parties under contractual conditions, or as reported, aggregated information, or under a request to port data to another service, Google said in its submission to European Union’s public consultation on its Digital Services Act package. The aim of this consultation is to assess if existing European laws, such as the e-Commerce Directive, need to be amended to account for the challenges posed by the evolving global digital land...
Tags: Travel, Google, Google Play, News, Germany, India, US, Eu, European Union, Competition, Commission, European Commission, Antitrust, Sundar Pichai, Data Sharing, Pichai


Section 230 Preempts Another FOSTA Claim–Doe v. Kik

Kik is a messaging service. “Plaintiff alleges that Defendants have knowledge that sexual predators use its service to prey on minors but have failed to provide any warnings or enact policies to protect minors from such abuses.” The plaintiff alleges she received unsolicited nude photos from adults. However, it’s unclear from the opinion if any senders actually attempted to recruit her for sex trafficking. The plaintiff sued Kik for a civil claim under 18 USC 1595. Kik defended on Section 230 g...
Tags: Facebook, Craigslist, Law, Congress, Senate, Salesforce, Doj, DOE, ECPA, Kik, Civ, Congressional, Ferrer, Fla, JB, New House


Facebook Says Covid-19 Shutdowns Hurt Its Ability to Fight Suicide, Self-Injury, Child Exploitation Content

Facebook said Tuesday it can’t moderate its own site or its subsidiary Instagram as effectively as possible for certain categories of rule violations during the novel coronavirus pandemic, while almost nobody got the chance to appeal its moderators’ decisions in the second quarter of 2020.Read more...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Science, Technology, Instagram, Suicide, Social Media, CSAM, Moderation, Facebook Says Covid


The EARN IT Act Has Gotten Even More Terrible. So Of Course It’s Moving Forward

I previously blogged the EARN IT Act (S.3398) in February and March. The EARN IT Act is another entry in Congress’ long tradition of election-year initiatives that purport to advance children’s welfare, but actually use children as political props to advance completely unrelated goals. * * * A summary of the bill as introduced: to get Internet companies to fight child porn (now called CSAM) more, a Congressionally appointed commission would develop best practices for anti-CSAM efforts. Congress...
Tags: Law, Congress, Senate, Leahy, Graham, State, Senate Judiciary Committee, CSAM, Sen Graham, Content Regulation, Derivative Liability, Ncmec, FOSTA Congress


While Our Country Is Engulfed By Urgent Must-Solve Problems, Congress Is Working Hard to Burn Down Section 230

This post will be unusually blunt about my disenchantment with the state of our country, a topic I don’t normally discuss on the blog. Some of you will not like this post. I expect my next post will feel more normal; but if you conclude that you no longer wish to read my blog, I thank you for your past readership. In case it isn’t obvious, I am voting, without reservation, for Biden in November. I know he has said he wants to revoke Section 230, immediately. We need Section 230, but we need a ch...
Tags: Fcc, Law, Congress, Ebay, Senate, America, E-commerce, House, Dc, Biden, Black Lives Matter, Doj, Federal Trade Commission, Ugc, Trump, Senate Judiciary Committee


New AI tool detects child sexual abuse material with ‘99% precision’

Child sexual abuse material on the web has grown exponentially in recent years. In 2019, there were 69.1 million files reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in the US — triple the levels of 2017 and a 15,000% increase over the previous 15 years. A new AI-powered tool called Safer aims to stem the flow of abusive content, find the victims, and identify the perpetrators. The system uses machine learning to detect new and unreported child sexual abuse material (CSAM). T...
Tags: Security, Startups, Privacy, US, Artificial Intelligence, Thorn, CSAM, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Neural, Safer


Comments on the “Platform Accountability and Consumer Transparency Act” (the “PACT Act”)

Last month, Sens. Schatz and Thune introduced S. 4066, “Platform Accountability and Consumer Transparency Act” (the “PACT Act”). The bill was pitched as a narrow and modest bipartisan reform of Section 230; and Daphne Keller of Stanford labeled the bill an “intellectually serious effort” and a “huge step forward” compared to other alternatives. While the PACT Act may lack the malevolence of more extreme Section 230 reform proposals, it’s not narrow, modest, or good. Some of the bill’s biggest p...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Law, California, Stanford, US, Chicago, United States, Hud, Bird, Dmca, Doj, ECPA, Ugc, Stubhub, Ftc


Senate Waters Down EARN IT At The Last Minute; Gives Civil Liberties Groups No Time To Point Out The Many Remaining Problems (techdirt)

As expected, the EARN IT Act is set to be marked up this week, and today (a day before the markup) Senators Graham and Blumenthal announced a "manager's amendment" that basically rewrites the entire bill. It has some resemblance to the original bill, in that this bill will also create a giant "national commission on online child sexual exploitation prevention" to "develop recommended best practices" that various websites can use to "prevent, reduce, and respond to the online sexual exploitation ...
Tags: News, Senate, Graham, Wyden, Mike Masnick, Blumenthal, CSAM, Bill Barr, FOSTA


3 Republican senators propose bill to create backdoors for encrypted communications

Three Republican senators have proposed the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act which will require service providers to break end-to-end encryption and to provide backdoors to encrypted devices (like Apple’s iPhones). Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey Graham (South Carolina), and Senators Tom Cotton (Arkansas) and Marsha Blackburn (Tennessee) introduced the Bill on June 23. The text of the Bill has not yet been made public and will be made available here. The aim of the Bill is to end the use o...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Facebook, News, Congress, Australia, India, US, Cotton, Whatsapp, Encryption, End-to-end Encryption, Fbi, Arkansas, Graham, Bill


Big Tech launch Project Protect to fight online child sexual exploitation and abuse

Technology Coalition — a global group of 18 technology companies including Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, PayPal, Snapchat, Adobe, GoDaddy and others — announced a new plan to combat online child sexual abuse on June 10. The plan, called Project Protect, will include multi-million dollar investment in Innovation Fund, a cross-industry technology that can fight child sexual exploitation and abuse (CSEA) online; multi-stakeholder approach to dealing with CSEA where stakeholders will i...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Messenger, UK, News, Microsoft, Australia, India, Godaddy, End-to-end Encryption, Dartmouth, Coalition, Rajya Sabha, CSAM, CSEA


Encryption and issues related to Misinformation

“In discussions on misinformation, we generally focus on what the government and platforms should do, when in fact it is a people problem, as much as it is a tech problem. People generally don’t have the agency to act on some of these problems. So how do you empower everyday people to actually respond to misinformation is the bigger question,” a speaker said during MediaNama’s workshop on identifying challenges to Encryption in India. Traceability emerged as perhaps the biggest challenge to encr...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, India, Encryption, World Health Organisation, Intermediary Liability, Rajya Sabha, Misinformation, Maharashtra, Press Information Bureau, Chatham House, CSAM, NSO, NAMA Encryption June 2020, Internet Society Asia Pacific Office


Encryption and issues related to Child Protection online

“When Child sexual abuse material (CSAM), in the form of messages, are sent on WhatsApp, Telegram and other media, the real source of this information is often the web, including pornographic sites. The challenge lies in identifying the original source of the material and addressing that”, a speaker said during MediaNama’s workshop on identifying challenges to Encryption in India, “The problem of identifying the source of the material is very tough. You cannot control who will take a video or an...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Instagram, India, US, Encryption, Vpn, Intermediary Liability, Chatham House, CSAM, Ncmec, Children and the Internet, Rajya Sabha Committee, NAMA Encryption June 2020, Internet Society Asia Pacific Chapter


Report: Facebook Helped the FBI Exploit Vulnerability in a Secure Linux Distro for Child Predator Sting

Facebook security personnel and engineers helped the FBI track down a notorious child predator by helping a third-party company develop an exploit in a security-focused version of the Linux operating system, Tails, per a Wednesday report by Vice. But they did so quietly and without notifying the developers of Tails…Read more...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Science, Technology, Crime, Privacy, Social Media, Surveillance, Fbi, Hacking, Hackers, Department Of Justice, Doj, Justice Department, CSAM


Senator Wyden And Others Introduce Bill Calling The DOJ's Bluff Regarding Its Attempt To Destroy Section 230 & Encryption (techdirt)

One of the key points we've been making concerning Attorney General William Barr and his DOJ's eager support for the terrible EARN-IT Act, is that much of it really seems to be to cover up the DOJ's own failings in fighting child porn and child exploitation. The premise behind the EARN IT Act is that there's a lot of child exploitation/child abuse material found on social media... and that social media companies should do more to block that content. Of course, if you step back and think about it...
Tags: News, Congress, White House, Homeland Security, Doj, Wyden, Ron Wyden, Mike Masnick, GAO, Congressional, HHS, Anna Eshoo, Executive Office, Barr, CSAM, Ncmec


India leads in generation of online child sexual abuse material

With 1,987,430 reports, India accounted for 11.7% of all suspected child sexual exploitation reports received by the CyberTipline in 2019. India was followed by Pakistan with 1,158,390 reports (6.8%), Iraq with 1,026,809 reports (6.04%), Indonesia with 840,221 reports (4.95%) and Mexico with 827,998 reports (4.87%). The Hindu first reported this story but inaccurately said that […] ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Indonesia, Mexico, Iraq, India, Pakistan, CSAM, Children and the Internet