Michael Oghia was at a Zoom conference with about 20 activists last week when someone stormed the presenter's screen to show a video with clear pornographic content that included an infant (child sexual abuse).
“Μου πήρε μια στιγμή να το επεξεργαστώ”, δήλωσε ο Oghia, υπεύθυνος υπεράσπισης και εμπλοκής στο Παγκόσμιο Φόρουμ για τις Εξελίξεις στα ΜΜΕ. “Στην αρχή νόμιζα ότι ήταν πορνό, αλλά μόλις έκανα κλικ, έκλεισα τον υπολογιστή μου. Τι διάολο μόλις είδα;”
Oghia's call was hacked and images of child sexual abuse appeared. Not sure if it was a video or live streaming. Naturally, his shock was great.
Oghia's experience is an extreme example of that such events have increased during the coronavirus pandemic as reported by people who watch and try to stop child abuse and the spread of child pornography.
And with efforts to mitigate the events being limited by the pandemic, child sex offenders are becoming more daring, using large platforms to attract audiences. Some platforms warn users that when they report questionable or illegal content, the company may not be able to respond quickly.
Distributors of child sexual abuse images exchange links that contain such material in a simple way on platforms such as YouTubeThe FacebookThe Twitter and Instagram. using coded language to avoid company detection tools, according to child safety experts and law enforcement. At the same time, reports of sexual exploitation of children on open telephone telephone counseling centers in the world are increasing by an average of 30% worldwide, according to InHope, a network of 47 national counseling lines. cyberspace.
References to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the body that receives e-advice in the United States, including all of Silicon Valley's technology platforms, have more than doubled, from 983.734 in March 2019 to 2.027.520.
Zoom said it was looking into what happened to Oghia's call and that any child abuse on its platform was "catastrophic and frightening" and was banned by the company's policies. The company said it uses a combination tools, including automated, to preventively identify accounts that could share child sexual exploitation material and that it notifies legal services when needed. Zoom now requires a password for all meetings. The Oghia meeting did not require a password.
The incident came at a time when popular social media, video platforms and messaging platforms were flooded with sexually exploited child material. COVID-19 pandemic means people spend more time online home, οδηγώντας σε μεγαλύτερη ζήτηση για αυτόν τον τύπο περιεχομένου – παιδική σεξουαλική κακοποίηση.
“Η δραστηριότητα κορυφώνεται στις πλατφόρμες όπου λαμβάνει χώρα και αυξάνεται κατακόρυφα κατά την περίοδο των διακοπών όταν οι people είναι εκτός εργασίας”, δήλωσε ο Brian Herrick, βοηθός επικεφαλής του τμήματος βίαιων εγκλημάτων του FBI against children and human trafficking.
Επιβεβαίωσε ότι “πολλή δραστηριότητα” έλαβε χώρα σε κωδικοποιημένες συνομιλίες σε γενικές πλατφόρμες κοινωνικών μέσων μαζικής ενημέρωσης, αλλά σημείωσε ότι το “πιο ακραίο υλικό σεξουαλικής κακοποίησης παιδιών” κοινοποιήθηκε στο Dark Web.
Most technology companies use automated tools to locate images and videos that have already been categorized as child sexual exploitation material, but are struggling to locate new, unknown material and rely heavily on user reports.