Like other wildly disparaged, pro-first amendment disruptors, Elon Musk has responded to Twitter’s greatest horror and seeks to act propitiously, quickly, and effectively.
While all the frothing, effete coastals rage and posture ad nauseam against figures like President Trump, none has ever offered even one of their 240 characters to express a peep about the vilest of evils that abound worldwide, the sexual exploitation of children.
On November 21, 2022 Twitter owner Elon Musk delared thwarting the sexual exploitation of children Priority #1
We are grateful to Mr. Musk for turning to this matter, which no prior Twitter administration as addressed
Fox interviewed Eliza Bleu, a human trafficking survivor who now advocates for other victims. Bleu told Fox that Twitter “has not actually done anything meaningful to combat” child sexual exploitation on the platform despite a decade of pleas from advocates — until now.
In September, Fox wrote about a study that showed “that pornography, including child pornography, continues to be posted on Twitter, while the users behind these accounts, using simple methods, bypass restrictions on their activities by continuing to publish content, in which children are sexually exploited.”
It didn’t take long for things to change once Musk took over, however, despite setbacks earlier this year.
“Thanks to the efforts of Eliza and those who supported her, in February 2022, Twitter added a feature to easily report child sexual exploitation material, which was a huge victory in a years-long struggle,” Fox wrote yesterday. “However, a few months later, Twitter ‘took the easy reporting system for minor survivors away,’ [Bleu said]. This was deeply disturbing news, as it is difficult to find a reasonable reason why the ability for platform users to easily report about CSE content has been removed.”
Then, this weekend, only three weeks after Musk’s acquisition of the social media giant became final, Bleu was tweeting about “huge” wins in the battle to protect children.
But it does make me wonder — how could previous management not have prioritized protecting innocent children over policing political speech? In whose mind, in what universe, could that possibly make sense?