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Child Sexual Abuse Material

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Child Sexual Abuse MaterialNewsPartners
March 18, 2022

New Report Shows an Increased Effort by Tech Companies to Detect CSAM on the Internet

If you’re following Thorn’s work, you know the critical role that tech companies play in identifying and reporting child sexual abuse material (CSAM) on their platforms. Today, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) released its annual overview…
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Child Sexual Abuse Material
January 27, 2022

How the European Union can lead in combating the spread of CSAM

54% of children across the world have experienced at least one harmful sexual encounter online. That’s one of the many startling statistics from WeProtect’s most recent Global Threat Assessment report, coming from a survey of 5,000 respondents now aged 18-20.…
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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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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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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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Child Sex TraffickingChild Sexual Abuse Material
October 6, 2020

Decoding the language of child sexual exploitation: Acronyms to know

There’s no question that talking about this issue is extremely difficult. But to make progress it’s a conversation we must have more often. Bringing it into the light and talking about the facts is a powerful way to advocate for…
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Child Sexual Abuse MaterialThorn Tech
August 13, 2020

How Safer’s detection technology stops the spread of CSAM

Did you miss the big news? Last month we announced that Safer, Thorn’s first commercial product, is officially out of beta. Safer is the first comprehensive solution for companies hosting user-generated content to identify, remove, and report child sexual abuse…
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Child Sexual Abuse Material
July 1, 2020

What to do when you find CSAM or evidence of child sex trafficking online

In the year 2000, just about half of all American adults were online. Today, nine-in-ten adults use the internet in the United States, according to Pew Research Center. And in 2020, Americans, along with the rest of the world, are…
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Child Sexual Abuse MaterialParentingPrevention
June 15, 2020

Online grooming: What it is, how it happens, and how to defend children

Finding something in common. Telling personal stories. Sharing something just a little bit vulnerable and creating a bond. We all do this to build trust. That’s a good thing, right? But what if someone takes that trust to a place…
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