C.A. Goldberg, PLLC is now investigating the claims of individuals whose images of being sexually abused as a child were shared on the internet.
Our biggest and wealthiest internet companies could stop the dissemination of child sexual abuse materials, but refuse to.
A groundbreaking exposé by the New York Times shows just how complicit companies (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft and Amazon) are in the retention and distribution of this illegal material. The November 2019 article revealed that Big Tech companies have the technical tools to stop the recirculation of abuse imagery by matching newly detected images against databases of the material. Yet the industry does not take full advantage of the tools.
Last year, tech companies reported over 45 million online photos and videos of children being sexually abused; more than double what they found the previous year. Victims of child sexual abuse materials describe themselves as trapped by the internet in an ongoing cycle of abuse. The recorded abuse becomes inescapable with every click, share, and download. They say they don’t know who has seen them and live in constant fear of being contacted by ‘fans’.
IT IS CLEAR TO US THAT SURVIVORS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE IMAGERY DESERVE JUSTICE FROM BIG TECH. IF YOU ARE A VICTIM, YOU MAY BE ABLE TO RECOVER DAMAGES.
The Internet has provided an opportunity for offenders to connect and work together in a more organized, anonymous fashion than ever before, to commit more extreme acts of abuse against children. Cheap storage devices, readily available internet connections, and the insatiable omnipotence and greed of Big Tech have created a perfect storm for CSAI – both its’ creation and distribution – to flourish at an unprecedented rate.
You can take action collectively, with other survivors, to hold accountable tech companies that actually make money off of every click, share, like, download, upload.
It’s time for Big Tech to apologize to victims for their role in the continued distribution. Their apology needs to be made through their wallet and by reforming their policies and procedures to stop the dissemination. We know they have the technology to do it.
Collective action and the fear of being sued and paying millions or billions of dollars is how we can together pressure big tech to ban offenders from their platforms, stop images from spreading, and reporting abuse to police.