According to a federal lawsuit filed this week in California, Twitter took more than a month, refusing countless pleas along the way, to remove widely viewed images and videos of a teen sex-trafficking victim. The suit, filed by the victim and his mom, accuses Twitter of making money off the child-porn clips, which the victim says traffickers blackmailed him into making when he was 13.
One even included a second child, yet when the clips showed up on Twitter in 2019, the company refused to remove them, saying it “didn’t find a violation” of its “policies.”
“What do you mean you don’t see a problem? We both are minors right now and were minors at the time these videos were taken,” the victim responded, including a law-enforcement case number. He became suicidal after classmates saw the videos and started harassing him, the lawsuit says. But Twitter did nothing until a federal agent got involved, only then suspending the accounts, which were known hubs for child porn.