- Dawn Hawkins is Vice President of the
National Center on Sexual Exploitation
and joins us now.
So Dawn, what are somechanges Tumblr is making
with its site to ban pornography?
- Yeah, well, after beingcaught with child pornography
on its site and Apple kickingthem out of Apple's app store,
Tumblr agreed to get rid ofall pornographic content,
content that depicts genitalsor frontal female nudity.
- Comcast also recently made changes
to combat illicit content.
Can you tell us about those?
- Comcast has tightenedits parental controls,
made it much more family friendly,
easier for parents toblock pornographic content.
They've buried a lot of the pornography
that they were selling,
filtered the types of themesthat they were selling,
they've made their mobileapp free from pornography,
created a kids zone that's completely
free from pornography,
and they're developing a whole suite of
family tools that will rollout early next year as well.
This is just really showing this trend of
many major corporationsthat are developing policies
to combat pornography becausewe're really experiencing
a public health crisis.
So not only Comcast and Tumblr,
but Starbucks also just agreed to filter
their WiFi at all of theirU.S. chains around the country.
- Now, with more companiesforcing stricter internet safety,
do you think we will stillsee, we'll see an end
to porn altogether?
- No, the reality isthat we are experiencing
public health impacts from pornography,
especially as early exposure among youth
and the easy access.
It will be very difficult toban pornography altogether,
but we need to be muchmore aware of the harm
and the impact it's having on individuals,
families in society andit's only, it's very helpful
to see that it's not just onparents shoulders any longer
to protect their familiesand kids from exposure but
corporations and governmentare also stepping up
to address the public health concerns.
11 states have declaredpornography a public health concern
as well, so many more arewaking up to the harm.
- How do all these banshelp fight even more
extreme issues like humantrafficking, especially children?
- Well, pornography is alsolinked to increased demand
for child sexual abuseand for sex trafficking.
Many individuals who watchpornography regularly
seek to act out what they're viewing,
thereby increasing demand forthese other societal ills.
So, we know that if we wannacurb child sexual abuse
or if we wanna curb sex trafficking,
addressing one of theroot factors, pornography,
is a tremendous step incombating those societal harms.
- Critics argue that thisban signals the end of
user generated content onsocial media platforms.
How do you respond to that?
- Well, many other platformsdon't allow pornography.
Facebook has been really good at it.
Instagram tries to take pornography off.
Not that those places arecompletely safe from it,
but almost every othersocial media platform
says no to hardcorepornography except Tumblr.
For many years, Tumblr andTwitter have defended it
and allowed it and so,this is a welcomed change
especially as we knowthat it's contributing to
increased demand forchild sexual abuse images,
for sex trafficking, it'sbreaking up families,
it's infecting young men andincreasing sexual dysfunction,
it's hurting relationships.
I mean, the list of harms goes on.
So, times are changing ascompanies and mainstream
public is waking up to the harms.
- Alright, Dawn Hawkinswith the National Center.
Thank you so much, we much appreciate.