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Judge allows lawsuit against Twitter for failing to take down child porn

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A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit against Twitter can proceed after the web company failed to take down child porn.

In a 53-page ruling that also dismissed several other claims, U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero found that Twitter could face liability under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act based on claims it “knew, or was in reckless disregard of the fact, that through monetization and providing, obtaining, and maintaining [child sexual abuse material (‘CSM’)] on its platform, Twitter and Twitter users received something of value for the video depicting sex acts of John Doe #1 and Jone Doe #2 as minors.”

The case was brought by two men who charged they were manipulated into sharing sexually explicit videos of themselves while they were minors – and then years later they found the videos posted on Twitter.

“Two 18-year-old plaintiffs suing under the pseudonyms John Doe #1 and John Doe #2 say they were 13 years old when a sex trafficker posing as a 16-year-old girl tricked them into sending pornographic videos of themselves through the social media app Snapchat. A few years later when they were in high school, links to those videos began appearing on Twitter

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