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Suit Charges Twitter with Allowing Child Porn

January 27, 2021

For Immediate Release

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Suit Charges Twitter with Allowing Child Porn

Tech giant Twitter knowingly allowed the distribution of images of the sexual exploitation of a minor, a lawsuit filed in federal district court last week alleges. “Where were Twitter’s much-vaunted ‘community standards,’ in this case?” asked Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., founder and president of the Ruth Institute.

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation Law Center is one of the legal groups representing the victim and his mother. The court filing says the plaintiff, now 17, was coerced into providing videos of himself and another minor engaged in sex acts when he was 13, under duress by sex traffickers.

Morse charged: “The victim was appalled when he discovered that these videos were posted on Twitter. His mother contacted the company and demanded they be taken down. Twitter did nothing until the video had more than 167,000 views. Only direct involvement by law enforcement caused Twitter to act.


“Whenever it wants to ban conservatives, including former President Trump, Twitter says its sacred community standards have been violated, usually based on a vague charge of promoting violence,” Morse said. “But apparently those standards do not include the sexual exploitation of children.”

Morse noted: “In 2019, Twitter changed its terms of service to allow pedophiles to openly discuss their urges, as long as ‘they don’t promote or glorify child exploitation in any way.’ How that can be accomplished is a mystery.” Twitter even has a designation for these individuals -- MAP (minor-attracted persons). “Sounds real cozy,” Morse observed.

Last year, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) and three of his colleagues filed the Survivors of Human Trafficking Fight Back Act. This Act creates a private cause of legal action which would allow victims to sue websites that knowingly post videos that depict forced sex acts, including those performed under duress. Perhaps not coincidently, Sen. Hawley has been one of social media’s most trenchant critics. The senator has also been the subject of a “blacklisting” attempt by over 250 publishing outlets.

“The pain of sexual exploitation never goes away,” Morse said. “In this case, it’s alleged that Twitter added to that pain at least 167,000 times – probably more, since nothing disappears from the internet.”

A 2019 survey by the Internet Watch Foundation found that Twitter hosted almost half of all child abuse material found in the United Kingdom.

“We look forward to the outcome of this case,” Morse said. “Meanwhile, the next time Twitter cites its ‘community standards’ as an excuse for banning a conservative, remember just how hypocritical these ‘standards’ are.”

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization, leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

Jennifer Roback Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives.

To schedule an interview with Dr. Morse, contact info@ruthinstitute.org.

 



Ruth Inst: NBC News Lost All Credibility When It Defended PornHub

January 4, 2021

For Immediate Release

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Ruth Inst: NBC News Lost All Credibility When It Defended PornHub

“NBC’s hypocrisy is sickening,” said Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., president of the Ruth Institute. “While it smears the Institute and other pro-family organizations as ‘hate groups,’ it defends PornHub, a major distributor of pedophilia videos.”

Morse reported: “On December 9 and December 12, NBC published stories claiming to expose how ‘anti-gay hate groups,’ including the Ruth Institute, benefited from the Pay Check Protection Program. The network’s stories relied on information from the notoriously partisan, and frequently inaccurate, Southern Poverty Law Center.”


Then, on December 15, Olivia Solon, co-author of the December 9 story, did a piece tacitly defending PornHub. She said “sex workers” were suffering since credit card companies cracked down on Pornhub for allowing videos showing rape and the sexual abuse of children.

The move by Mastercard, Visa, and Discover was based on a New York Times article, which showed that the mega-porn site was one of the world’s leading purveyors of child pornography. A search on the site for “girls under 18’’ and “14 yo” each yielded more than 100,000 videos.

“While we work to prevent sexual abuse and to help victims heal, NBC is an apologist for one the world’s leading sites promoting abuse,” Morse charged. “This is what makes its smears of the Ruth Institute and other groups defending children and the family particularly ironic.”

That’s only the latest instance of NBC’s credibility problems. Ronan Farrow, former NBC investigative reporter, says the network ordered him to stop investigating convicted sexual predator Harvey Weinstein. Farrow believes that was because Weinstein had evidence against Matt Lauer, NBC’s Today Show anchor fired in 2017 for inappropriate sexual behavior.

“For NBC, the best line of defense seems to be a smear,” Morse said. "No one should take NBC seriously as a news organization. A propaganda producer, sure. But a credible news source? I don't think so."

Partnering with LifePetitions, the Ruth Institute has an online petition calling on NBC News to stop the smears. To date, it has collected more than 9,700 signers.

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization, leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

Jennifer Roback Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives.

To schedule an interview with Dr. Morse, contact media@ruthinstitute.org.

 



Internet Child Porn Issue Transcends Left and Right--Ruth Inst.

December 11, 2020

For Immediate Release

For More Information: info@ruthinstitute.org

Internet Child Porn Issue Transcends Left and Right--Ruth Inst.

“We commend New York Times writer Nicholas Kristof and U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) for exposing and fighting the plague of the sexual exploitation of children on the internet,” said Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D.

In a December 4 story, Kristof focused on the pornography distribution site Pornhub. Morse commented: “The writer noted that a search on the site for ‘girls under 18’ and ‘14yo’ each yielded more than 100,000 videos.”

She charged: “The Pornhub videos include the rape of children, as well as revenge pornography, strangulation, and other vile acts. The mega-site, which attracts more than 3.5 billion visits a month, making it the 10th most-visited website in the world, does nothing to police its content. It has no incentive to do so. Like other sex-traffickers, it monetizes the suffering of children.”


Along with Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Thom Tillis (R-NC), Hawley has filed the Survivors of Human Trafficking Fight Back Act, creating a private cause of action for victims of rape and sex trafficking – as well as those whose intimate images are distributed without their consent -- to sue websites that profit from their suffering and degradation.

The act would allow victims to sue websites that knowingly depict forced sex acts, criminalize the knowing distribution of videos of coerced sex acts, criminalize revenge porn, and require sites like Pornhub to create notice and takedown procedures.

“This is an issue that transcends liberal and conservative, left and right,” Morse said. “It’s about justice for the victims of child sex abuse and fighting a plague that’s eating away at the soul of our society.”

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization, leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

Jennifer Roback Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives.

See also:

Ruth Inst: “Cuties” Proves Need for Presidential Debate on Family Issues

Virtue Signaling Without Virtue: porn industry brags about its voluntary shutdown over coronavirus

Melea Stephens “The Pornography Effect: The Problems Reach Further Than You Could Imagine”

Dr. Don Hilton “Can We Actually Lose Our Empathy? What Pornography Does to The Mind”

Melea Stephens "Everything you need to know about porn, dangers and side effects

Chris McKenna"Protecting Young Eyes"

To schedule an interview with Dr. Morse, contact info@ruthinstitute.org.

 

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