By Jeff Elder
Child-safety advocates are blasting Twitter and lining up to support a lawsuit that alleges the social network declined to remove videos depicting the sexual exploitation of minors despite pleas from a victim and his family.
“It’s child sexual abuse material. He was 13 years old and being extorted. What the hell is Twitter doing?” asked Hany Farid, a professor at the School of Information at UC Berkeley.
Farid, who has testified before Congress five times on issues of online safety and regulation, and others filed paperwork with a federal appellate court in San Francisco last week supporting the lawsuit.
Professor Hany Farid has a joint appointment in electrical engineering & computer sciences and the School of Information at UC Berkeley.