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Tumblr's Porn Ban Wins Big Praise in Battle Against Sexual Exploitation

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- 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.

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