After FIR, Twitter says it has zero tolerance policy for child sexual exploitation

Twitter has a zero tolerance policy for child sexual exploitation,” the microblogging platform mentioned in its response to the FIR filed by the Delhi Police against it for allegedly allowing access to child pornography.

“…we have a proactive approach to combating sexual exploitation of minors on our service,” a Twitter spokesperson mentioned on Wednesday.

Twitter’s assertion comes a day after the Delhi Police registered an FIR towards the social media platform for allegedly permitting entry to child pornography on the microblogging platform.

Now, reacting to the FIR filed towards it, the Twitter spokesperson mentioned, “We have been at the forefront of responding to the evolving challenge of preventing the exploitation of children on the Internet and will continue to aggressively fight online child sexual abuse, as well as invest in the technology and tools that are essential to stay ahead of this issue.”

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“We will continue to invest in proactive detection and removal of content that violates the Twitter Rules and work with law enforcement and NGO partners in India to tackle the issue,” the spokesperson mentioned.

Elaborating on the know-how, the microblogging platform makes use of to forestall any such instances to occur, the spokesperson mentioned, “We use PhotoDNA technology, our own proprietary tools, and other systems to detect behavioural signals and remove media; which also, in many cases, helps us remove new accounts linked to this type of content before they have even sent their first Tweet.”

“All viewing, sharing, or linking to child sexual exploitation (CSE) material, regardless of the intent, contributes to the re-victimization of the depicted children and is prohibited on our service. This includes media, text, illustrations, or computer-generated images. This also applies to content that may further contribute to the victimization of children through the promotion or glorification of child sexual exploitation,” the spokesperson mentioned.

“For the purposes of this policy, Twitter defines a minor as any person under the age of 18,” the spokesperson mentioned.

“In 2019, we launched a feature in our search prompt that is aimed at deterrence of child sexual exploitation (CSE). The prompt was developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs and NGOs in India to blacklist specific CSE search keywords in Hindi, English, Bengali and Kannada,” the spokesperson mentioned.

WHATS THE CASE?

The Delhi Police had filed the instances towards Twitter after a criticism by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR).

The NCPCR, the country’s apex child rights body, had asked Deputy Commissioner of Police (Cyber Cell) Anyesh Roy to elucidate why no motion had been taken towards Twitter as per its letter to the Delhi Police dated May 29.

In its letter, the NCPCR had requested the Delhi Police to ebook Twitter on the idea of the findings of its current inquiry through which it had discovered that child sexual abuse materials (CSAM) was simply out there on the platform.

The case has been registered below provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and the IT Act, officers mentioned.

Delhi Police Public Relations Officer Chinmoy Biswal mentioned, “Acting on a complaint received from the NCPCR regarding the availability of child sexual abuse and child pornographic material on Twitter in the form of various accounts and links, an FIR under relevant sections of IPC, IT Act and POCSO Act has been registered by the Cyber Crime Unit, and investigation has been taken up.”

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The criticism was towards Twitter Inc and Twitter Communication India Private Ltd, the police mentioned.

In its May 29 letter, the NCPCR had mentioned that it was discovered that “the toolkit for deep and dark web” was additionally out there on Twitter. This offers entry to all, together with youngsters, to acquire CSAM.

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