8 companies that made changes to reduce sexual exploitation

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Citing its description by child safety experts as a “predator’s playground due (to) how easily they could interact with kids, grooming them for abuse, sending and requesting nude images, (and) commenting on minors’ videos,” NCOSE included TikTok on the Dirty Dozen List. Since designating the social media platform a major contributor to sexual exploitation, NCOSE has been “advising TikTok on how to better protect the well-being of all of its users – especially kids.”

TikTok implemented several of NCOSE’s suggestions, which included removing the automatic 30-day “reset” on safety features, establishing a pin-code protected “Family Pairing” mode allowing parents and guardians to monitor their children’s TikTok accounts more closely, and eliminating the option of direct messaging for users under the age of 16.

Additionally, the company updated its Community Guidelines to explicitly prohibit “grooming,” “sexual exploitation” and “sexual harassment” in addition to banning content glorifying prostitution or pornography or simulating sexual activity on the platform.

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