Under Elon Musk, Twitter is “taking child exploitation seriously”

Twitter is “taking child abuse seriously,” told the platform’s harshest critic on Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Teslarati In an exclusive interview.

Eliza Blume is a survivor of human trafficking and an advocate for victims, especially children. Bleu has been pressing Twitter to mass remove CSE content for years, and until Elon Musk’s acquisition, Twitter has been slow to remove most of the content. He said Teslarati That he is happy to see the new changes being implemented by the platform under the new leadership of Elon Musk.

He explained that under the new leadership, Twitter is “taking child abuse seriously.” However, there is still a lot of work to be done. A lawsuit is underway against the social media platform that started before it was bought by Elon Musk. The plaintiffs, John Doe 1 and John Doe 2, were minors who were sexually abused, and videos of that abuse were posted on Twitter. When the two, who are now adults, begged Twitter to remove the content, Twitter refused.

The content the plaintiffs wanted removed from Twitter was viewed more than 167,000 times and retweeted 2,223 times.

Credits: Elijah Blue; Screenshot of Twitter’s updated reporting system.

Blume pointed out that Twitter has made some significant changes under its new leadership. The first changes were to its reporting system. In a tweet thread, Blume offered suggestions for Twitter, and so far, the platform has implemented two of those suggestions. The first is clear and easy reporting. Twitter implemented two-click reporting for children to report their abuse content.

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Blume said there should also be a separate tab for adults who are victims of sexual abuse. “This should be clear to both adults and children experiencing sexual abuse, and reporting options should be separate.”

Another major issue that the platform is specifically working on is the removal of hashtags that are used to sell CSE. These are well known hashtags that are used for trading CSE on the platform. In the video below, Lisa Haba and Peter Zentala, the two attorneys representing John Doe 1 and John Doe 2, explain how these tags are used.


These hashtags are mentioned in the lawsuit, and Teslarati They were cross-checked to see if the platform was in fact removing the content. We found that Twitter is removing most of the content; However, there are still account posting requests for content.

The screenshot below shows that Twitter removed content from the “Latest” tab for one of those top hashtags. The tabs for “Photos” and “Videos” were also empty. However, there were still requests for CSE in the “Top Tweets” section and many other tags were used. Unfortunately, some of those tags are still very active. Blume said hunters will continue to post using a variety of tags, but the tags can help officers catch criminals—which is one reason why. Teslarati Tag is not publishing.

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In his tweet thread, Blume noted that some tags outside the top three actively engage in sharing and posting illegal content. blue told Teslarati Twitter’s new sense of urgency makes him optimistic.

“After years of advocating for minor survivors of Twitter, I have never been more hopeful than I am now. I don’t expect perfection from any platform. I always wanted to see a sense of urgency around such a serious matter. In many of these cases, it is a matter of life or death for each victim, so every second counts.”

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Bleu’s suggestion for Twitter is to continue to prioritize the removal of CSE content, look at reports, look at all backlogs of all reports, and work closely with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. He added that Twitter should resolve the issue using all available technologies.

“There’s a lot of free technology available that platforms use and they’ve had a lot of success,” Blume said. His final request to Twitter and Elon Musk is to “settle this issue comprehensively without infringing on the digital privacy rights of innocent citizens.”

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Under Elon Musk, Twitter Is “Taking Child Abuse Seriously”


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