Facebook & Child Sexual Abuse Online
May 28 2021
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SURVIVOR OF FACEBOOK-FACILITATED CHILD PREDATOR ABUSE TELLS SHAREHOLDER TO "DELAY END-TO-END ENCRYPTION" UNTIL PLATFORM CAN ADEQUATELY PROTECT CHILDREN
Facebook Shareholders Resolution presented at Annual Meeting
May 4 2021
April 30 2021
European Commission (European Parliament) proposed interim legislation regarding technologies by number-independent interpersonal service communication service providers for the processing of personal and other data for the purpose of combating child sexual abuse online.
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May 27 2020
712-Million-Share "Vote for Compassion and Common Sense" Seen in May 27th Annual Meeting Vote Shaped by Facebook's Shocking No. 1 Role As Online Platform for Child Abuse & Exploitation; $163 Billion Support Level is More Than 2X Vanguard, Black Rock Holdings.
May 27 2020
Facebook Shareholders Resolution
presented at Annual Meeting
May 22 2020
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NGO Letter to Mark Zuckerberg
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Survivor Sarah Cooper Speaks Out at Facebook Shareholders Annual Meeting
NEW YORK – May 26 2021
A survivor of child abuse and exploitation who was approached on a Facebook platform urged shareholders today at the company’s annual meeting to delay plans to move ahead with end-to-end encryption that would see Facebook “become one of the world’s most dangerous playgrounds’ for children.”
That warning was delivered today by Sarah Cooper, who was approached as a teenager through Facebook Messenger, met a predator in Boston and New York City, and was sold into sex slavery.
Read Sarah Coopers' full statement in the attached document:
Help Sarah Cooper
Keep Kids Safe Online!
Over the past few years, a coalition of women from the Women's Inclusion Project has been working with other women investors and with a coalition of other investment firms, as well as ICCR and with Christian Brothers Investment Services, on a number of shareholder engagements. Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) online has been growing at an explosive rate. This is an important issue, and we want to raise investor awareness. As shareholders in Facebook, we are concerned about regulatory risk, in particular. This is how #KeepKidsSafeOnline was born.
The key ask in our resolution is for a board-level report assessing the risk of increased sexual exploitation of children as the Company develops and offers additional privacy tools, such as end-to-end encryption. Mark Zuckerberg has acknowledged that end-to-end encryption will make it harder for Facebook to identify child abuse on the platform. It turns out we were prescient on filing our resolution, as there has been a recent related bipartisan bill in the Senate, the Earn-It Act, which puts pressure on tech companies relative to their exemption from liability for third-party content on their sites related to child abuse. There is likely to be further pressure on revenue and government regulation associated with this issue area.
Reports of child sexual exploitation in 2020 rose 28% from 2019 levels. Last year, there were a total of 21.7 million reports, involving more than 65.4 million images, videos and other files containing suspected child sexual abuse material...
on the problem of child abuse and exploitation problem at Facebook
We are proud of our friend and ally Cathy Rowan, who was a panelist on the UN High Level Political Forum 2020 Virtual Event: Stop Child Abuse in Social Media!
"The yearly event, known as the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, held this year from July 7 to July 16, provides a venue for U.N. member countries to highlight local progress as well as an opportunity for advocates to address concerns".
WHO WE ARE
#KeepKidsSafeOnline is a project of the Women’s Inclusion Project (WIP). WIP utilizes gender lens investment strategies to support women and girls. Our partner Proxy Impact provides shareholder advocacy and proxy voting services for impact investors. Together we engage companies to increase board gender diversity, expand the number of women in senior management, eliminate gender pay disparities, and stop online child sexual exploitation.
If you would like to be an ally, please see the contact information below.
One Third of Internet users are children and 800 million kids now are on social media.
Help Us Protect
Facebook's planned encryption, warning that it will cloak the actions of child predators and make children more vulnerable to sexual abuse. By moving to end-to-end encryption without first taking steps to stop child sexual abuse on its platforms, Facebook will effectively make invisible 70 percent of CSAM cases – an estimated 12 million instances – that are currently being detected and reported.
The Pope Urges Investors
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