As law enforcement agencies become even more cyber-savvy, so do the distributors and consumers of child sexual abuse material (CSAM). Although most CSAM is hosted on image sharing sites, it has been claimed that 10% of the sites hosted on the dark net are dedicated to hosting CSAM. Research by the Global Commission on Internet Governance also found that CSAM was the most popular type of content on the dark net.
After five years of development, and real-world roll-outs with some of the largest digital kids platforms, Crisp has now officially launched its fully managed ‘Kids and Teens’ safety & moderation service. This service is set to transform the way Social Platforms deliver safe experiences for their younger users.
When you have over 4,000 people coming together to work towards banishing child abuse, a number of strong themes are bound to emerge. At this year’s Crimes Against Children conference in Dallas, the V-word was the dominant theme above all the rest - Volume.
In July 2016, a 15-year-old girl received a seemingly innocent Facebook message from a 28-year-old man she didn’t know. That simple “Hey, how are you?” led to her spending the night at the man’s house only 13 days later. She was held against her will and after trying to escape, was killed.
As new threats develop, we learn how to defend ourselves against them, and then we teach our children to do the same. This has been the same over generations, across continents and even throughout species for millions of years and failure to adapt and evolve to deal with new dangers leads to extinction.
We teach children how to cross the road, not to take sweets from strangers, and even how to react in the event of a fire – so why are we dragging our feet when it comes to protecting kids from the biggest new threat of the 21st century – the internet?
Over the last couple of years there have been some huge PR crises for a number of major kids’ entertainment providers and social networks. Some of these PR disasters were so damaging that they led to the downfall of a number of businesses – businesses which up until that point had been highly successful. The main issue that led to their untimely demise was inadequate protection of their customers (or users whichever you prefer) from issues like cyber-bulling, trolling and sexual predators. Something as relatively harmless as SPAM also played its part in having a damaging affect on their essential advertising revenue due to lack of effective content moderation.