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Soon after purchasing Twitter, Elon Musk quickly began undertaking one of the most daunting tasks in our society: stopping child sex exploitation on Twitter.

Sex trafficking plagues approximately 1.2 million innocent children around the globe each year, and it is one of the most lucrative industries on the black market. The Department of Homeland Security put a price tag of about $150B for the entire industry of exploiting the youth.

Musk is focusing on bringing down Twitter accounts linked to sex trafficking. He contacted the founder of a cybersecurity firm called Ghost Data, Andrea Stoppa, to weed out these exploiters. Stoppa tweeted out some of her firm’s initial findings throughout the app as it pertains to child sex trafficking, saying the following:

“During these weeks, I worked as an independent researcher along Twitter’s Trust and Safety team led by expert Ms. Ella Irwin. Twitter achieved some relevant results I want to share with you:

“Twitter updated its mechanism to detect content related to child sexual abuse/exploitation material. Faster, more efficient, and more aggressive. No mercy for those who are involved in these illegal activities. The daily suspension rate has ALMOST DOUBLED over the past few days. It means that Twitter is doing a capillary analysis of contents, especially those published in the past. It doesn’t matter when illicit content has been published. Twitter will find it and act accordingly.

“In the past 24 hours, Twitter started to step up its efforts and took down 44.000 suspicious accounts, including over 1.300 profiles that tried to bypass detection using codewords and text in images to communicate. Zero tolerance. Twitter is aware of strategies, KWs, external URLs, and communication methods used by suspicious accounts. Moreover, to increase its ability to protect children’s safety, Twitter involves independent and expert third parties.

“Twitter, precisely in these hours, is focusing its efforts on networks of Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking users that share child sexual exploitation content. Twitter continues to have teams in place dedicated to investigating and taking action on these types of violations daily. Teams are more determined than ever and composed of passionate experts.

“Furthermore, Twitter simplified the process of users reporting illicit content. If Twitter is now fighting vigorously against child sexual exploitation content, it’s thanks to one person that set it as the #1 priority: Elon Musk. Twitter is now a safer place under Elon’s leadership. And this is just the beginning.


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