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Research
November 12, 2021

Thorn research: Trends confirm need for parents to talk about online safety with kids earlier, more often

At Thorn, we believe digital spaces should and can be safe for every child.  But we have arrived at a moment when the speed and scale of digital platform adoption has left many parents feeling disconnected with how their kids…
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Thorn Team
November 11, 2021

Thorn turns 9: Celebrating our top 9 moments from 2021

On this day 9 years ago, Thorn was born. It was comprised of a handful of people just beginning to understand the role of technology in child sexual abuse. Today, we’re a team of nearly 100 people, working across the…
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Child Sexual Abuse MaterialNews
September 3, 2021

Thorn statement on Apple’s pause of implementing child safety measures

We’re disappointed in Apple’s decision to pause its work to implement child safety features without providing a new roadmap or timeline for implementation. Our expectation of Apple is that they publish a detailed timeline and clear deliverables to demonstrate how…
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Children running and defended by our supporters.
Thorn Team
July 2, 2021

Become a Thorn Builder and help us build the world we all believe in

At Thorn, we believe in a world where every child can be safe, curious, and happy. For us, that means building digital tools and programs to defend children from sexual abuse online. We work every day to shine a light…
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Community
June 26, 2021

Pride 2021: Defending the most vulnerable communities

"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced"- James Baldwin At Thorn, we seek to shine a light in the darkest corners of the internet. We face atrocities every day in…
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Community
June 18, 2021

Building a world where every child can simply be a kid: Reflections on Juneteenth

Last June, the Thorn team gathered on a video call to reflect. Our CEO had made the space, invited the entire company, and we all showed up. We are a team accustomed to facing difficult topics, but that only meant…
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News
May 24, 2021

Thorn’s Automated Tool to Remove Child Abuse Content at Scale Expands to More Platforms through AWS Marketplace

Any content-hosting platform in AWS Marketplace can access Safer to proactively identify, remove, and report child sexual abuse material online  Safer is one of the first holistic tools of its kind available in AWS Marketplace LOS ANGELES — Today, Thorn…
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Child Sexual Abuse Material
February 24, 2021

Why an increase in reports of CSAM is actually a good thing

Today the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) released its annual overview of the number of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) reports the organization received in 2020.  The 2020 overview from NCMEC is highlighted by a 28% increase…
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Teens on the beach
Child Sexual Abuse MaterialResearch
December 9, 2020

Thorn Research: Understanding sexually explicit images, self-produced by children

We’ve been hearing increasing concerns from our partners on the front lines about child sexual abuse material (CSAM) where there was no obvious abuser in the image. These images are referred to as self-generated images, or self-generated CSAM (SG-CSAM).  Self-generated…
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News
November 19, 2020

Encryption trend threatens child safety gains

Today, Google announced plans to begin rolling out encryption for Android Messages. As experts working at the intersection of technology and child protection, we understand the real-world impact of this decision will be a step backwards in child safety. The…
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