Major Advertisers Leave Twitter After Ads Appear Near Tweets Promoting Child Sex Abuse


by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:

More than 30 advertisers, including big brands like Coca-Cola, Disney, and Forbes, have suspended marketing campaigns on Twitter because of ads appearing next to tweets promoting child sexual abuse.

A review by cybersecurity firm Ghost Data found ads from big brands appearing alongside tweets pushing links to child abuse, Reuters reports. For example, a tweet from a user looking for “Yung girls ONLY, NO Boys,” appeared right before an ad for Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital.


Twitter prohibits content featuring child sexual exploitation. However, it does allow adult content, and according to internal documents, adult content accounts for 13% of all content on Twitter.
Ghost Data was able to identify over 500 accounts that were openly requesting or sharing child sexual abuse material during a 20-day period. 70% of those accounts were not removed.

Reuters shared a list of 20 accounts with Twitter last week, and the company responded by removing an additional 300 accounts. Still, more than 100 accounts remained, and they were only removed after Reuters shared the full list.

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