Streaming service deletes 600k accounts in 60 days amid epidemic of child sexual exploitation

Live-streaming app LiveMe has deleted 600,000 accounts of children under the age of 13 in the last 60 days since media reports emerged that pedophiles were using the service to exploit underage users. The app, which has been downloaded more than 90 million times, shares the user’s location and allows users to search for who […]

Catholic Church's exploitation of nuns for cheap labor exposed in Vatican publication

An official Vatican publication has exposed the widespread economic exploitation of nuns for cheap or free labor by the Catholic Church’s male hierarchy. It called for an immediate end to the servitude. ‘The (nearly) free work of the nuns’ was published in the March edition of Women Church World – the monthly magazine on women […]

Technology as racial exploitation in ‘Black Gooey Universe’

Art is often about making you look at regular, day-to-day objects in ways you haven’t before. Artist and UNBAG co-founder American Artist has certainly done that with Black Gooey Universe, showing at Brooklyn’s HOUSING studio until February 16th. The exhibition features pieces like “Mother of All Demos,” named after the famous XeroxPARC GUI demo, and […]

Counter-Strike co-creator arrested over alleged child sexual exploitation

Jess Cliffe, the co-creator of Valve’s popular online shooter series Counter-Strike, was booked into a Seattle jail on Thursday morning over allegations of sexual exploitation of a child. Seattle ABC affiliate KIRO-7 broke the story on Thursday after discovering Cliffe’s booking record into King County jail. Seattle police detective Patrick Michaud confirmed to Ars that Cliffe […]

YouTube’s poor AI training led to rise of child exploitation videos

YouTube uses algorithms and human moderators, but it still couldn’t prevent the rise in disturbing, child-exploitative videos on the platform. Why? Well, it’s likely due to various reasons — one of them, according to a BuzzFeed report, is the confusing set of guidelines the company gives its contract workers for rating content. The publication interviewed […]

Instagram has launched alerts to warn users of the cruelty and exploitation behind ‘cute’ animal photos and selfies

Flickr/Sunil Singh Instagram now alerts users to the potential animal abuse going on behind nature snaps. The alert is triggered when users search for photos of popular hands-on animal experiences, including koala cuddling and swimming with dolphins. Instagram hopes to make users think twice about what’s going on behind the picture. Vacation snaps featuring cuddly […]

YouTube's Massive Child Exploitation Problem

Across YouTube, an unsettling trend has emerged: Accounts are publishing disturbing and exploitative videos aimed at and starring children in compromising, predatory, or creepy situations — and racking up millions of views. BuzzFeed News has found a number of videos, many of which appear to originate from eastern Europe, that feature young children, often in […]

Watch the Lost Trailers from a Forgotten Exploitation Movie Studio in ‘Lost and Found’

Exploitation films have been around since the dawn of filmmaking, but they became popular in the ‘60s thanks in part to the increasingly risqué subjects depicted on the big screen after the restrictive Production Code in the 1950s. The films were sensational, gratuitous, and often taboo, featuring sex and violence in spades. Our own film […]

Disaster groups charged with exploitation seeking #Harvey funds

Activists groups seeking funds to help for relief from Hurricane Harvey are coming under fire for alleged exploitation. One such group, the Texas Organizing Project is being singled out for raising funds to benefit labor unions. In a post on social media calling for donations, the Texas Organizing Project stated that all donations “will only […]

Coronation Street’s Lucy Fallon in tears as she recalls real-life sex exploitation story

The 21-year-old told press including that the harrowing scenes have prompted strangers to come up to her in the street to share stories of their similar ordeals. Fighting back tears, Lucy said: “I went to Manchester to put some flowers down in St Ann’s Square [following the Manchester terror attack] and a lady of […]