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Advertisers Ditch Twitter After Their Content Appeared Alongside Child Porn

Dyson, Mazda, chemicals company EcoLabs, and shoe and accessories brand Cole Haan have all pulled their ads already.

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Major companies are pulling their ads from Twitter after the Big Tech platform placed their content next to accounts peddling child porn.

An investigation by cybersecurity firm Ghost Data, and reviewed by Reuters, discovered that adverts from global corporations, including Disney, Coca-Cola, and NBC Universal, were placed next to accounts posting links to, or looking for, child porn or other promoting child sex abuse.

Tweets with keywords such as “rape” or “teens,” were found right next to promoted content, from advertisers. One tweet where a user said they were “trading teen/child” content, was then followed by a promoted tweet from Cole Haan, the shoe and accessories company.

David Maddocks, the brand president for Cole Haan, said that the company was “horrified” when notified about the content by Reuters. “Either Twitter is going to fix this, or we’ll fix it by any means we can, which includes not buying Twitter ads,” Maddocks added.

Another user who was searching for “yung girls ONLY, NO boys,” was shortly followed by a promoted tweet form the Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital in Texas.

The accounts were mostly using keywords such as “cp” on Twitter to promote links to other applications, such as Telegram and Discord, where the material could then be shared via links on cloud services such as Mega and Dropbox.

Ghost Data noted in its investigation that over a 20 day period, they had identified more than 700 accounts sharing or looking for child sex abuse material, and that Twitter had only removed 30% of them. After Reuters shared sample data with Twitter, 300 more accounts were removed, but another 100 remained, before being suspended after Reuters contacted Twitter again.

At the time of writing, other major advertisers including British appliance manufacturer Dyson, Japanese car company Mazda, and chemicals company Ecolab, have all pulled their ads from Twitter as a result of the shocking child porn revelations.

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A Disney spokesman added that the content on Twitter was “reprehensible,” and that they were “doubling-down” on efforts to ensure that the platforms they use would “prevent such errors from occurring in future,” while a Coca-Cola spokesman noted that “any breach of [their advertising] standards is unacceptable and taken very seriously.”

The Verge in August revealed that the Red Team, an internal team created by Twitter earlier this year to assess the ability of the platform to monetise adult content, determined that they could not “accurately detect child sexual exploitation and non-consensual nudity at scale.”

In February of last year, Twitter was sued by two minors in federal court who alleged that the company refused to take down images and videos of themselves as young teenagers engaging in sex acts, because they “didn’t find a violation” of their policies. The content was only taken down after the Department of Homeland Security stepped in.

Celeste Carswell, a communications manager for Twitter, said in a statement that the Big Tech platform has “zero tolerance for child sexual exploitation,” adding that they are hiring new positions at the company to look at policies and solutions to stop this happening in future, along with working with advertising partners and clients to investigate the subject.

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Jack Hadfield
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Jack Hadfield is the Associate Editor at Valiant News. An investigative reporter from the UK, and the director and presenter of "Destination Dover: Migrants in the Channel, his work has appeared in such sites as Breitbart and The Political Insider. You can follow him on Gab @JH, on Telegram @JackHadders, or see his other social media by visiting jackhadfield.co.uk.

11 Comments

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    Gerald Ladd

    September 28, 2022 at 5:15 pm

    Twitter is owned by demonRATS, and we all know demonRATS are perverts! With a demonRAT pedophile in the WH.

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    Philip Seth Hammersley

    September 29, 2022 at 5:35 am

    NBC and Disney push porn themselves! Are they worried about the competition?

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    Eve Tau;pr

    September 29, 2022 at 9:41 am

    Looks like Elan Musk had a lucky escape from Twitter.

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    Drosack

    September 29, 2022 at 10:22 am

    LOL, what a bunch of putzes.

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    porterv

    October 3, 2022 at 1:45 pm

    Nothing the scum at Twitter does is surprising.

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    Sherlock

    October 3, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    When oh when will God Almighty Yahweh step in and eliminate these santanic demons from the planet. To many innocent lives have been destroyed by the WEF global cabal. Woe to those that abuse God’s innocent!

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    Rebecca Holstine

    October 3, 2022 at 10:57 pm

    They can’t seem to know child porn is on Twitter,but let a conservative open an account and BOOM, they have no trouble finding then, shutting them down and banning them, all in one day.Funny that!

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    Sunshine Kid

    October 6, 2022 at 12:19 am

    Disney’s outraged? You’ve got me laughing out loud here! They are already on record that they are promoters of child sex trafficking. Several articles on it, including one where Florida has pulled Disney World’s preferred status because of such incidents that have come out.

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