German Authorities Break Up International Child Sex Abuse Site

German prosecutors called the online platform they took down one of the largest on the dark web. Three men, accused of running the site, have been arrested.

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Joshua Duggar of ‘19 Kids and Counting’ Pleads Not Guilty to Child Pornography Charges

Mr. Duggar was featured in his family’s reality show until 2015, when the show was taken off the air after allegations that he had molested girls. He was also active in conservative politics.

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Why Do We Let Corporations Profit From Rape Videos?

With help from Google and PayPal, XVideos lets people leer at the worst moment in a child’s life.

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Suspect in Killing of 2 Florida F.B.I. Agents Is Identified

As cases of online child sexual abuse explode, the F.B.I. is investigating the case of a Florida technology contractor who they said shot two agents serving a search warrant at his apartment.

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N.Y.P.D. Officer Solicited Sexual Photos From 46 Minors, U.S. Says

Federal prosecutors said Officer Carmine Simpson posed as a 17-year-old online and coaxed dozens of teenagers to send him sexual videos and photos.

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Jerry Harris Pleads Not Guilty in Child-Pornography Case

The 21-year-old fan favorite on the Netflix series “Cheer” pleaded not guilty to multiple felony charges, including soliciting sex from minors.

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Your Card Payment Has Been Declined

Mastercard’s chief executive oversees $6.5 trillion in transactions. That gives him unique insights into our economic recovery, and power over companies like PornHub.

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An Uplifting Update, on the Terrible World of Pornhub

Young heroes lead in confronting pornography companies that monetize rape and child abuse.

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The Children of Pornhub

Why does Canada allow this company to profit off videos of exploitation and assault?

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Cho Joo-bin Gets 40 Years in South Korean Prison for Sexual Exploitation

Cho Joo-bin was convicted of blackmailing young women into making sexually explicit video clips that he sold online.

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Retired French Surgeon Faces 312 Pedophilia and Abuse Charges

Prosecutors said the rapes and sexual assaults took place at several hospitals over three decades, and were documented in a diary. Most of the accusers were 15 or younger.

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Jerry Harris’s Child-Pornography Case Back in Court

At a detention hearing on Wednesday, four potential custodians said they would be willing to house Mr. Harris, 21, if he were released on bail.

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Netflix Is Charged in Texas With Promoting Lewdness in ‘Cuties’

A grand jury in Tyler County accused Netflix, which has been streaming the award-winning French film, of promoting lewd visual material depicting a child, prosecutors said.

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Jerry Harris to Remain in Custody After Arrest on Child Pornography Charge

A lawyer for Mr. Harris, star of the Emmy-winning Netflix series “Cheer,” waived his initial hearings on Monday.

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Jerry Harris of ‘Cheer’ Arrested on Child Pornography Charge

Mr. Harris, a fan favorite on the Netflix series, was arrested and charged with production of child pornography on Thursday, days after two teenage boys filed a lawsuit against him.

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Convicted of Sex Crimes, but With No Victims

An online sting operation to catch child predators snared hundreds of men. What were they really guilty of?

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South Korea Denies U.S. Request to Extradite Operator of Child Pornography Site

The Justice Department had sought to try Son Jong-woo after he was indicted by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia on money-laundering and other charges.

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Chrystul Kizer, Teen Charged With Killing Sexual Abuser, Is Released on Bond

Ms. Kizer was charged with premeditated murder in the 2018 death of Randall Volar. Her case attracted widespread attention, and a Chicago bail fund paid $400,000 for her release on Monday.

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Child Pornography Ring Is Broken Up in Germany, Police Say

Police found images and videos of sexual abuse of children, filmed in a cabin in western Germany. They have arrested 11 people so far, but believe many more were involved.

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A $5 Billion Proposal to Fight Online Child Sexual Abuse

New legislation would try to curb the illegal imagery with record levels of funding for law enforcement. The bill, coming in response to a Times investigation, also calls for a new oversight position in the White House.

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New bill threatens journalists’ ability to protect sources

Online child exploitation is a horrific crime that requires an effective response. A draft bill, first proposed by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in January, intends to provide exactly that. However, technology experts warn the bill not only fails to meet the challenge, it creates new problems of its own. My job is to enable journalists to do their work securely — to communicate with others, research sensitive stories and publish hard-hitting news. This bill introduces significant harm to journalists’ ability to protect their sources.

Under the Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies (or EARN IT) Act, a government commission would define best practices for how technology companies should combat this type of material. On the surface, EARN IT proposes an impactful approach. A New York Times investigation in September found that “many tech companies failed to adequately police sexual abuse imagery on their platforms.” The investigation highlighted features, offered by these companies, that provide “digital hiding places for perpetrators.”

In reality, the criticized features are exactly the same ones that protect our privacy online. They help us read The Washington Post in private and ensure we only see authentic content created by the journalists. They allow us to communicate with each other. They empower us to express ourselves. And they enable us to connect with journalists so the truth can make the page. This raises the question of whether the bill will primarily protect children or primarily undermine free speech online.

It should be pointed out that EARN IT does not try to ban the use of these features. In fact, the bill does not specifically mention them at all. But if we look at how companies would apply the “best practices,” it becomes clear that the government is intending to make these features difficult to provide, that the government is looking to discourage companies from offering — and increasing the use of — these features. By accepting EARN IT, we will give up our ability — and our children’s future abilities — to enjoy online, social, connected and private lives.

Our digital life is protected by the same features that allow some bad people to do bad things online.

Four of the “best practices” relate to requiring companies to have the ability to “identify” child sexual abuse material. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to identify this material without also having the ability to identify any and all other types of material — like a journalist communicating with a source, an activist sharing a controversial opinion or a doctor trying to raise the alarm about the coronavirus. Nothing prevents the government from later expanding the bill to cover other illegal acts, such as violence or drugs. And what happens when foreign governments want to have a say in what is “legal” and what is not?

Our digital life is protected by the same features that allow some bad people to do bad things online. They protect us as we visit The Washington Post website, use the Signal app to contact one of its journalists or use the Tor Browser to submit information to their anonymous tip line. These features all enable privacy, a core component of the journalistic process. They enable journalists to pursue and tell the truth, without fear or favor. And not just in the U.S., but globally. We should empower and enable this work, not sabotage it by removing crucial capabilities, even in the name of child protection.

The same New York Times investigation found that law enforcement agencies devoted to fighting online child exploitation “were left understaffed and underfunded, even as they were asked to handle far larger caseloads.” The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), established by Congress in 1984 to reduce child sexual exploitation and prevent child victimization, “was ill equipped for the expanding demands.” It’s worth asking, then, why EARN IT does not instead empower these agencies with additional resources to solve crimes.

We must consider the possibility that this bill fails to achieve its stated goal. That it will not protect children online, and will introduce harm to their digital presence and ability to speak freely. Everyone deserves good security, and it’s on us to find ways to prevent harm without compromising on our digital rights. To force companies to weaken our protection to give law enforcement greater insight would be the equivalent of forcing people to live without locks and curtains in their homes. Are we willing to go that far?

That’s not to say we have to accept no solution. But it can’t be this one.

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