8 companies that made changes to reduce sexual exploitation

A billboard displays the logo of Snapchat above Times Square in New York.
A billboard displays the logo of Snapchat above Times Square in New York. | REUTERS/Lucas Jackson


While Snapchat did not make it onto the Dirty Dozen List, the social media platform did secure a spot on the Dirty Dozen Watch List last year. The Dirty Dozen Watch List is designed to put entities on notice that they could end up on the Dirty Dozen List if they do not institute necessary reforms or affirm an entity’s positive steps toward addressing their role in perpetuating a culture of sexual exploitation.

A specific cause for concern was Snapchat Discover, which “exposes minors to sexually graphic content, including hyper-sexualized photos and articles with sexually explicit written content, sometimes even promoting participation in the sex trade.” NCOSE has worked closely with Snapchat to address its concerns.

According to NCOSE, as a result of the collaboration, the social network has “made improvements to their Discover section — allowing publishers to age-gate (which means younger users are not being as inundated with sexually explicit content as they were just a few months ago), and allowing users to delete specific Discover publishers.”

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