Elon Musk is not responsible for Twitter’s decision to change its mind about creating an OnlyFans competition feature, as some headlines imply. In fact, he’s not even involved in this issue at all. It’s a problem Twitter has been dealing with long before Elon made his offer to buy Twitter earlier this year.
The edge initially reported that Twitter’s issue with child sexual abuse had ruined its plans for a competitor OnlyFans and cited internal documents and Twitter employees.
The only connection to Elon Musk was his early spring Twitter offer. However, several headlines link Elon Musk to this fiasco and it creates a dangerous narrative that diverts attention from the problem of child sexual exploitation and refocuses it on Elon Musk.
My friend and fellow journalist, Eliza Bleu (the fire), is a survivor of human trafficking and is now a survivor and advocate. His post about Elon Musk’s vision for Twitter, potentially solving the problem with the platform’s child sex abuse material, was actually censored by Twitter.
She drew my attention to the following misleading headlines. According Business Intern, Twitter has canceled plans to compete with OnlyFans after Elon Musk placed his takeover bid. Although that title has been changed, the narrative has been set.
In the report of The edge, Twitter employees said the company could not accurately detect child sexual exploitation and large-scale non-consensual nudity. And that was done in April 2022. It had absolutely nothing to do with Elon Musk’s bid for the company.
The Washington Post also published a similar article on child exploitation, Twitter, and linking Elon Musk’s decision to bid on the purchase of Twitter.
However, as Eliza pointed out in the tweet below, this issue of child sexual exploitation is nothing new. She pointed to a 2012 article by The Guardian which is over 10 years old, titled “Twitter fails to effectively control child pornography”.
I appreciate you writing about it but “now apparently” the Guardian wrote about it in 12′.
The rig is currently being chased by two underage survivors who are heading towards @US9thCircuit
Several countries have threatened to remove Twitter due to child pornography https://t.co/7Ga6tHetMI
— Eliza (@elizableu) August 31, 2022
The real problem is not Elon Musk.
The problem has been around for a long time and bringing Elon Musk into the narrative distracts from the real problem. In 2021, The New York Post reported that Twitter refused to remove widely shared pornographic images of a teenage victim of sex trafficking because Twitter “did not find a violation”. of its policies.
Earlier this month, the San Francisco Examiner reported that Twitter refused to remove a video showing the sexual exploitation of minors. The child was just 13 and he and his family pleaded with Twitter to remove the videos. Twitter declined, saying it had reviewed the content and found no violation of its policies.
Hany Farid, the creator of PhotoDNA, an image identification and content filtering technology that has been used in digital forensics, has pointed out that it is child sexual abuse material .
“It’s child pornography. He was 13 years old and was being extorted. What the hell is Twitter doing?
I spoke with Eliza and she pointed out that this issue was long before Elon Musk made his offer to buy the platform.
“Unfortunately, Twitter has a long history of refusing to tackle large-scale child sexual exploitation material. John Doe #1 and John Doe #2, the two underage survivors currently suing Twitter, bravely stepped forward to suing the platform for refusing to remove content long before Elon Musk made an offer to buy Twitter.
“Elon Musk is really the least of Twitter’s worries. The suffering of vulnerable children exploited and monetized on its platform should be a higher priority. Any attempt by the corporate media to act as if Elon Musk’s offer helped stop their plans to monazite adult sexual content is disrespectful to the brave underage survivors currently suing the platform. Nor is it factual.
Recently, Elon Musk explained several other reasons why he wanted out of the Twitter takeover deal. Maybe he’ll add this to the list.