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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Stopping Child Exploitation on Social Media

Child Quest International (CQI) is actively involved in protecting children by stopping child exploitation and victimization on the streets and online.  One of our goals is to help #StopPedophilePromotingProfiles on social media sites (Twitter, Facebook, etc).  It is disgusting that these profiles are protected on many sights under the guise of "free speech".  Pathetic.  We LOVE our freedom of speech, but it is appalling that that "right" is being manipulated and accepted by sites like Twitter which allows users to victimize and exploit children!

Social Media MUST be socially conscious and accountable in order to PROTECT KIDS!  This finger-pointing "not our problem/fault" mentality MUST STOP!  It is everyone's responsibility  to protect kids from both being exploited and being exposed to exploitation and inappropriate material.  After all, it is not like these profiles are age restricted or anything.  Even porn has age restrictions (for the most part), but yet no restrictions for pedophile promoting profiles???  That is a problem.

In light of a recent situation on Twitter, we are now proud to say we are gaining on these scum bags!  Twitter (and other social networks) has been allowing its users to promote child sex abuse with links to graphic sexual exploitation images and videos, videos that project child porn.  While Twitter will not delete these accounts (#FAIL @TWITTER), we have been able to get the external links content BLOCKED.  By working with Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, the CyberTipline, and morally conscious founders at these external sites, Child Quest International got two child sexual exploitation videos blocked.  The users profile has been blocked as well, keeping further content from being posted.

Unfortunately, this is where frustration ensues!  We have reported this individuals account to Twitter (along with a number of other Twitter users and concerned adults) and still they refuse to remove or block his account.  Here is there responses to our complaints and request... they are yet to reply to our last response (which we have submitted multiple times).  Here is the email thread below:

[From CQI to Twitter cp@twitter.com Dec-15 02:27 pm PST]

Hello Twitter,
We have gotten a number of complaints from concerned individuals regarding Twitter user:


@Ambercolesdadd Profile: https://twitter.com/#!/AmberColesDadd - James Cole @AmberColesDadd "With My Family I love my wife and my 14 yr old daughter amber they mean the world to me!...Creator of #SkecherGang".

Why has Twitter not deleted his account? He post mainly (if not all) comment on his 14 year old daughter performing sex acts for money. In addition to his written post he also provides external links to possible child pornography pictures and videos.

Here are 3 post from @Ambercolesdadd that confirm my complaint:

@AmberColesDadd (James Cole) Post Dec 9, 2011
"oomf Jus came over n fucked the shit out my daughter..I wanted 2 tell him
stop but he paid already s/o 2 that nigga even tho he was $2 short"


@AmberColesDadd (James Cole) Post Dec 6, 2011
Amber Cole PT 2 twit/PRrk <http://t.co/oy7F9&gt;<https://twitter.com/#%/AmberColesDadd/status/144247637451878400>*** (Included link to possible child pornography, link broke on purpose for this post)

@AmberColesDadd (James Cole) Post Dec 6, 2011 
New Girl Karmen Full Vid!! "Givin Neck 4 Respect" #*BlindFury*<https://twitter.com/#%21/search?q=%23BlindFury&twit/Pt2Qfym <http://t.co/k2hRQPgA&gt; v (Included link to possible child pornography, link broke on purpose for this post)

Please reply as I have already contacted the external links website to get these videos blocked on their site. This predator should be blocked on Twitter as well.

Thank you,
Child Quest International

[Twitter response to CQI Dec-15 02:58 pm PST]

Hello,
Thank you for the report.
 

We do not tolerate child pornography on Twitter. When we are made aware of such images they will be removed from the site without further notice.
 

For accounts that have not posted such images, if they are determined to fall within these guidelines (http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PageServlet?LanguageCountry=en_US&PageId=2447 ), we do report them to the National Coalition for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC); law enforcement is then able to review those reports and determine which they believe merit further investigation.
 

As we are not law enforcement, we cannot engage in offline investigations of violations of the law. However, we do notify law enforcement agencies who can. As such, it's important to remember that simply removing accounts and/or Tweets does not result in the underlying possible criminal act being identified and prosecuted and can instead lead to the removal of evidence that law enforcement may need to determine whether or not charges should be brought and/or an investigation begun.
 

You are also welcome to file an additional complaint with NCMEC to provide them with context or more information; you'll find the link here: https://secure.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/CybertipServlet?LanguageCountry=en_US
 

Thanks,
Twitter Trust & Safety 

[From CQI to Twitter Dec-15 03:33 pm PST] 

Hello Twitter,

Thank you for your prompt response.  Unfortunately, your response does not align with what the Twitter Child Pornography Policy states https://support.twitter.com/groups/33-report-a-violation/topics/148-policy-information/articles/37370-child-pornography-policy  

According to Twitter policy: "Twitter removes content promoting child pornography. We do not tolerate child pornography on Twitter. When we are made aware of links to images of or content promoting child pornography they will be removed from the site without further notice and reported to The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children ("NCMEC"); we permanently suspend accounts containing updates with links to child pornography."  That is a direct quote from the Twitter help center.

Obviously, James Cole AKA @AmberColesDadd is promoting child pornography with his twitter account content. And according to Twitter policy as stated above, once Twitter is made aware of "content promoting child pornography they will be removed from the site without further notice and reported to The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children ("NCMEC"); we permanently suspend accounts containing updates with links to child pornography." 

Why has this not been done for @Ambercolesdadd's account? His content is promoting child pornography as in example from this post, "oomf Jus came over n fucked the shit out my daughter..I wanted 2 tell him stop but he paid already s/o 2 that nigga even tho he was $2 short".  This is just one of many child sex content tweets, in addition to the others I have already submitted.  Again his account states that his daughter is ONLY 14 YEARS OLD and his tweets are promoting child pornography and child sex for money (AKA Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children).

Again, we request that this user account be removed immediately as it violates Twitter's Child Pornography Policy.

Well, since we sent that reply, communication has come to a halt.  They are yet to respond (we have sent 2 additional request since this last email and still NO RESPONSE).  We'll keep ya posted on what happens next.

"All that is needed for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." -Edmund Burke

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