X platform, the newly established company (formerly Twitter), has announced the inauguration of a department dedicated to monitoring platform content. This initiative comes as a response to the pressing issue of content related to the sexual abuse of minors, a matter of significant concern for U.S. lawmakers.
The Center of Excellence for Trust and Safety will be the focal point for addressing this issue, with plans to recruit 100 moderators primarily dedicated to handling such publications and other violations of social media rules. Joe Bennarosh, Head of Business Operations at X, emphasized that while the company does not have a specific focus on children, these investments are crucial to preventing offenders from utilizing the platform for any distribution or engagement with content related to child sexual exploitation (CSE).
Elon Musk, the owner of the company since the end of 2022, expressed the company’s commitment to making X platform inhospitable for individuals seeking to exploit minors. Bennarosh clarified that children under 13 cannot open an account, and older minors are subject to stricter rules than adults regarding data confidentiality, and they are not targeted by advertisements.
These announcements precede a significant U.S. Senate hearing titled “Big Tech and the Online Child Sexual Exploitation Crisis.” The summoned heads of Discord, Meta, Snap, TikTok, and X platform, including X’s CEO Linda Yacarino, will be present at the hearing. Yacarino had recent meetings in Washington with bipartisan lawmakers to discuss child protection, network supervision, misinformation, and artificial intelligence.
Benarroch highlighted the company’s evolution in the past 14 months, particularly in addressing child sexual exploitation. He mentioned that over 2,000 individuals, employed by X or its contractors, are dedicated to supervising content.
Since Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter with a commitment to restoring “freedom of expression,” various rules have been relaxed, allowing previously banned figures to return to the platform. In December, the European Union initiated an official investigation into X for potential violations of new European rules on content supervision and transparency, citing concerns about insufficient supervisors and ineffective reporting of illegal content.
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