Another minor has joined the lawsuit aimed at Twitter over the company’s alleged profiting from and involvement in the child’s sexual exploitation through the site.
This past January, Twitter was server a lawsuit that alleged that a young boy who was sought out and recruited for sex trafficking, known in the suit as John Doe #1, was forced to endure his own sexual abuse material being promoted on Twitter. This continued even after attempts were made to remove the content from the platform.
On Wednesday, another victim who is defined as John Doe#2 in the suit has joined the federal lawsuit laid against the platform.
“Both plaintiffs were harmed by Twitter’s distribution of material depicting their sexual abuse and trafficking, and by Twitter’s knowing refusal to remove the images of their sexual abuse (child pornography) when notified by John Doe #1 and his parents,” stated a press release from the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE).
NCOSE, The Haba Law Firm, and The Matiasic Firm are the firms that are suing Twitter as the representation of the minor over the company’s “involvement in and profiting from their sexual exploitation, which violates the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act and various other protections afforded by law,” the press release continued.
“Twitter has profited from the knowing distribution of child sexual abuse material depicting these two young men when they were children, and it must be held accountable. Twitter cannot sweep under the rug the fact that it both allowed child sexual abuse material on its site and refused to remove it,” exclaimed the senior legal counsel for NCOSE, Peter Gentala.
Eliza Bleu, a survivor of sex trafficking and advocate, has called out the complete lack of mainstream coverage of the new second minor coming forward to also sue Twitter over the alleged sexual exploitation on its platform.
“A second minor survivor of child sexual exploitation is suing Twitter. *Not one mainstream media news outlet has covered the story,” Bleu tweeted.
“I booked my largest podcast appearance for this week. If the media won’t give this brave survivor a voice, I’ll do whatever it takes to make sure his story is heard. If it was my child I would want someone to do it for me,” Bleu continued. “Period”
I booked my largest podcast appearance for this week. If the media won’t give this brave survivor a voice, I’ll do whatever it takes to make sure his story is heard. If it was my child I would want someone to do it for me.
— Eliza (@elizableu) April 12, 2021
Bleu also spoke out and criticized Twitter back in January as well following the announcement of John Doe #1’s suit.
“John Doe serves as a voice for countless victims and survivors in the United States and around the world,” Bleu said in a statement to the Daily Wire. “Most of the children being abused cannot report their abuse to Twitter. Big tech has shown consistently that they are unwilling to remove the child sexual abuse material and human trafficking from their platforms at scale. So, much as we have seen in times past, it takes brave survivors stepping forward to create change.”
“John Doe is that survivor in this case,” She insisted. “His bravery will have a positive impact on the Internet forever. He is a fighter. A young man wise beyond his years willing to take on big tech.”