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Zero-tolerance policy for child sexual exploitation: Twitter responds to Delhi Police FIR

Reacting to the FIR filed against it for allegedly allowing access to child pornography, a Twitters spokesperson said the social media platform has a zero-tolerance policy for child sexual exploitation.

Zero-tolerance policy for child sexual exploitation: Twitter responds to Delhi Police FIR-dnm
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Bengaluru, First Published Jun 30, 2021, 6:30 PM IST
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Twitter has a zero-tolerance policy for child sexual exploitation," the microblogging platform said in its response to the FIR filed by the Delhi Police against it for allegedly allowing access to child pornography.

“Twitter has a zero-tolerance policy for child sexual exploitation (CSE) and we have a proactive approach to combating sexual exploitation of minors on our service. We have been at the forefront of responding to the evolving challenge of preventing the exploitation of children on the Internet and will continue to aggressively fight online child sexual abuse, as well as invest in the technology and tools that are essential to stay ahead of this issue."

“We will continue to invest in proactive detection and removal of content that violates Twitter rules and work with law enforcement and NGO partners in India to tackle the issue,” the spokesperson further added.

Twitter further clarified that it has been in the "forefront of responding to the evolving challenge of preventing the exploitation of children on the Internet," and will continue to do so.

The Delhi Police had registered an FIR against Twitter under relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and the IT Act for allegedly allowing access to child pornography on the platform on a complaint by the NCPCR.

Taking suo moto cognizance of pornographic content on Twitter, the National Commission for Women (NCW) has sought action within a week.

The Delhi Police has also sent a notice to Twitter seeking details about steps taken by it against circulation of child pornographic content on its platform, officials said on Wednesday.

Upon receiving a similar complaint earlier, the commission had brought the matter to Twitter's notice for immediate action. However, no action was reportedly taken by the platform, the NCW said.

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