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Utah governor considers bill requiring anti-porn filters on smartphones to be turned on

Lawmakers in Utah have passed a bill that would require smartphones and tablets sold in the state to have filters blocking pornography or other obscene content enabled upon device activation. The bill now heads to Gov. Spencer Cox (R) for his signature or veto.

Supporters argue the measure will protect children from inadvertent exposure to pornography and help parents monitor their kids’ screen time. Critics say the bill would unconstitutionally intrude on free speech.

In 2016, Utah became the first state in the union to formally declare pornography a “public health crisis.” Decrying the harmful psychological and physiological effects of porn addiction as an “epidemic,” the state called for education, prevention, research, and policies to mitigate pornography’s harm. Last year, Utah codified a law that requires pornographers to put a one-sentence warning label about the harmful effects of porn on minors on their content.

This proposal, H.B. 72, requires all tablets or smartphones sold or manufactured in Utah to have a pornography filter, have the filter enabled upon device activation, gives adult users means to turn the filter off, and creates a right for people to bring lawsuits against device manufacturers that don’t meet these requirements.

The requirements will not take effect unless five other states pass laws with similar provisions, a concession made after manufacturers and retailers protested that it would be difficult to follow these requirements for a single state.

The bill might not completely stop minors from viewing pornography, a fact recognized by its sponsor, state Rep. Susan Pulsipher.

“A child that wants to find it and tries to would probably be able to still. It’s just one step in the right direction,” she told the Associated Press.

Supporters applauded the bill, saying it will help parents with difficulties turning on parental controls moderate what their children are doing on their devices.

“Utah has passed a critical, common sense solution to help protect vulnerable children from accessing harmful pornographic content on phones and tablets,” said Dawn Hawkins, executive director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

But critics say the bill doesn’t pass constitutional muster.

“You’ve basically got the state mandating the filtering of lawful content. That raises immediate First Amendment flags,” Samir Jain told the AP. Jain is the policy director at the Center for Democracy and Technology, a Washington, D.C.-based internet policy group.

Jain explained that the bill’s language applying to any device “activated” in Utah could require some sort of device location tracking program to be enforceable.

Other critics pointed out that laws attempting to restrict children’s access to pornography were struck down by courts in the 1990s and predicted that this proposed law would meet a similar fate.

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Suspect in mass-killing at Georgia spas reportedly blames murders on his ‘addiction to sex’ — and not race

Police say that accused mass killer Robert Aaron Long reportedly murdered at least eight people because of his “sex addiction” — and not because some of the victims were of Asian descent.

What’s a brief history here?

Long, of Woodstock, Georgia, reportedly opened fire on Tuesday night at three different spas in the Atlanta area, killing eight people.

Six of those people were identified as Asian women, and authorities said they were not ruling out the possibility of a hate crime at that time.

Authorities took Long into custody Tuesday night on murder charges following the rampage.

Following the killings, #StopAsianHate began trending across social media platforms and politicians and celebrities alike called for an end to race-based violence.

What are the details?

On Wednesday, ABC News reported that Long blamed his “addiction to sex” as to the motive behind the slayings.

In a statement, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said, “Long confessed to the shootings in Cherokee County and Atlanta.”

“Long told investigators that he blames the massage parlors for providing an outlet for his addiction to sex,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement, places he may have “frequented” in the past.

“Long told investigators the crimes were not racially motivated,” the statement added.

During a news conference, Capt. Jay Baker of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department added, “The suspect did take responsibility for the shooting.”

“It’s a temptation for him that he wanted to eliminate,” Baker noted.

What else?

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) said that Long was reportedly trying to flee to Florida, where the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said that there was “some type of porn industry in that state” and that Long purportedly “wanted to do some similar act in that location.”

Long remains in custody at the time of this reporting.


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Christian OnlyFans model says her faith will not stop her from stripping down to the tune of? $200K a month

A Connecticut model — who claims to be a Christian — says her faith won’t interfere with taking her clothes off for anonymous strangers on the internet.

The model, 22-year-old Lindsay Capuano, reportedly rakes in $200,000 per month selling photos of herself in which she takes off her clothing.

Capuano’s Instagram page boasts a following of more than 2.4 million.

What are the details?

According to the Daily Mail, Capuano says that her parents — who are also Christians — are “so proud” of their daughter for her business venture.

OnlyFans, an online subscription service, permits users to sell their most personal and explicit photos to online voyeurs for cold, hard cash.

The young woman began her work career as a staffer at a private Christian day care, but decided to commit full-time to sharing her pictures online and eventually left the center for her online life.

“I actually loved the job and I really enjoyed working with the children,” Capuano said. “But when things started really taking off last summer on Instagram and Snapchat, it didn’t make sense to go back.”

Capuano said that many of her followers — or as she refers to them, “amazing fans” — often tip her anywhere between $1,000 and $3,000 per day.

“God will love you no matter what,” she reasoned of reconciling her faith and her profession. “That’s what I was taught in my household, school, and church. I pray every single night. I pray for whatever I feel I need to that day. I pray for family, my fans, myself.”

Capuano said that her family is Christian but “very laid back.”

“My religion has never interfered or stopped me from doing anything I’ve wanted to do,” she added.


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Ben Sasse: DOJ must open investigation into child abuse and rape featured on Pornhub

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) on Friday called for the Department of Justice to launch an investigation into the pornographic video website Pornhub after a disturbing investigation by a New York Times columnist revealed the website is “infested with rape videos,” some of them include children.

New York Times prize-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof reported that Pornhub, which attracts 3.5 billion visitors a month and is the 10th-most-visited website in the world, profits off videos that depict child rape, revenge porn, voyeuristic videos of nonconsenting women showering, and more explicit and potentially illegal pornographic content.

“Its site is infested with rape videos,” Kristof writes. “It monetizes child rapes, revenge pornography, spy cam videos of women showering, racist and misogynist content, and footage of women being asphyxiated in plastic bags. A search for “girls under18” (no space) or “14yo” leads in each case to more than 100,000 videos. Most aren’t of children being assaulted, but too many are.”

In the course of his reporting, Kristof interviewed several women whose lives were destroyed after degrading videos depicting their rapes were published on Pornhub. Some of them have attempted suicide from the shame and humiliation.

Pornhub and its parent company, MindGeek – based legally in Luxembourg but with offices in Montreal, London, Nicosia and Los Angeles – have come under fire from anti-sexual exploitation activists who accuse the companies of profiting off human trafficking and sexual exploitation. The Traffickinghub campaign, founded by Laila Mickelwait of Exodus Cry, an anti-trafficking group, last March launched a petition calling attention to rape and abusive videos hosted by Pornhub and demanding that the website be shut down and the company’s executives be held accountable.

The movement against Pornhub has attracted the attention of some U.S. lawmakers, including Sasse, who say it is past time for the federal government to act.

“The Department of Justice needs to open an investigation into the scumbags who run Mindgeek,” Sen. Sasse told the Daily Caller News Foundation Friday. “Sexual exploitation and human trafficking are abhorrent, period. A decent society should be working to end this.

“It is completely unacceptable that Pornhub and its parent company Mindgeek make money from rape, sexual abuse, and the exploitation of minors,” Sasse added. “They need to be investigated, and the DOJ needs more urgency about building cases against creeps.”

Sasse was joined by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) who praised Kristof’s reporting and promised to introduce legislation to enable victims of trafficking or sexual exploitation to sue websites like Pornhub.

Pornhub has denied accusations that it allows videos of child rape on its website, calling the accusations “irresponsible and flagrantly untrue.”

“Pornhub is unequivocally committed to combating child sexual abuse material, and has instituted a comprehensive, industry-leading trust and safety policy to identify and eradicate illegal material from our community,” Pornhub said in a statement to Kristof.

Kristof’s article tells horrific stories of child abuse and exploitation hosted on Pornhub’s website. One woman, whose 15-year-old daughter went missing in Florida, reported finding her in 58 pornographic videos featured on the website. In another case of abuse, a 14-year-old girl’s sexual assaults were posted on Pornhub and were not reported to authorities until a classmate saw the videos and took action.

Another woman interviewed by Kristof said, “Pornhub became my trafficker,” after her adoptive family forced her to appear in pornographic videos beginning when she was just 9 years old. She says videos of her abuse were hosted on Pornhub and regularly reappear there. She worries that one day she may have children who will find those videos.

“Pornhub is like YouTube in that it allows members of the public to post their own videos. A great majority of the 6.8 million new videos posted on the site each year probably involve consenting adults, but many depict child abuse and nonconsensual violence,” Kristof writes. “Because it’s impossible to be sure whether a youth in a video is 14 or 18, neither Pornhub nor anyone else has a clear idea of how much content is illegal.”

For now, Kristof notes, Pornhub has “escaped responsibility for sharing the videos and profiting from them.” Sasse and other lawmakers seek to change that.

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Report: Netflix cancellations ‘skyrocket’ after boycott campaign over ‘Cuties’ documentary

Netflix triggered widespread outrage last month when the streaming platform debuted “Cuties,” a documentary that critics claimed hyper-sexualized pre-adolescent girls.

As TheBlaze reported, one of the parental warnings on the film’s IMDB page warned of one scene in the film that could be “lawfully defined as pedophilia.”

The warning read, “During one of the many highly sexualized & erotic dance scenes that purposefully exploit & objectify numerous scantily clad under age [sic] girls, one of the female child dancers lifts up her cropped top to fully display her bare breast. This is lawfully defined as pedophilia and can be extremely distressing to many viewers.”

In response, #CancelNetflix trended on social media for days, and more than 660,000 people signed an online petition vowing to cancel their Netflix subscriptions.

And now it appears those Netflix users made good on their promise to cancel their subscriptions.

What are the details?

According to a report from the New York Post, Netflix subscription cancellations “skyrocketed” in the wake of controversy over “Cuties,” surging 800%.

During an earnings call this week, Netflix chief financial officer Spence Neumann reportedly downplayed the controversy by not mentioning the documentary, instead choosing to focus on how the coronavirus pandemic helped Netflix nearly meet its annual subscriptions goal.

However, multiple analyses found that the campaign to boycott Netflix yielded significant results.

From the Post:

Neumann told investors the company “came pretty close” to meeting its membership goal of 195 million worldwide. For the three months that ended Sept. 30, Netflix added 2.2 million global subscribers — down from the first two quarters of 16 million and 10 million, respectively.

But numbers analyzed by New York data analytics firms Antenna and YipitData tell a different story — that the protest, led by conservatives who claim the film’s portrayal of pre-teen girls living in Paris “hyper-sexualized” children, had made a big dent in subscriptions.

Antenna reported that Netflix lost five times as many subscribers in September’s first couple of weeks — a few days into the protest — than the company lost in all of August. YipitData gave even grimmer numbers, putting September cancellations at 8 times of those in August and declaring the drop “a multi-year high.”

Not only did the “Cuties” controversy hurt Netflix’s subscriber metrics, but the company also found itself in legal trouble over the film.

Earlier this month, a grand jury in Texas indicted Netflix, saying the company and its CEOs “knowingly promote visual material which depicts the lewd exhibition of the genitals or pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 years of age at the time the visual material was created, which appeals to the prurient interest in sex, and has no serious, literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.”

In response, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos defended the film, arguing the documentary has been “misunderstood.”

Last month, a Netflix spokesperson claimed in a statement to TheBlaze, “There is no underage nudity in this film.”

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Viewers rage against Netflix after ‘Cuties’ premiere features ‘female breast nudity of a minor,’ ‘shots of breast, bums, and spread crotches of scantily clad’ children

Hordes of streaming viewers are calling to “cancel” Netflix after the company recently debuted the film, “Cuties,” insisting that the project — which tells a story of a young “sensual dance” troupe — is nothing more than pedophilia.

Clips of the film have begun circulating on social media, showing varying degrees of apparent, inappropriate sexualization of young girls.

What’s a very brief history here?

In August, the streaming giant came under fire after a trailer and poster for the award-winning French film sexualized the young girls acting in the project.

In a statement, Netflix issued an
apology, saying, “We’re deeply sorry for the inappropriate artwork that we used for Mignonnes/Cuties. It was not OK, nor was it representative of this French film which won an award at Sundance. We’ve now updated the pictures and description.”

What are the details?

So far, nearly 600,000 people have signed a Change.org petition titled, “Cancel Netflix Subscription.”

The film has also prompted hashtag #CancelNetflix to trend on social media.

Earlier Thursday, IMDB’s film page for “Cuties” described a moment in the film as “lawfully defined as pedophilia.”

One of the parental warnings on the film read, “During one of the many highly sexualized & erotic dance scenes that purposefully exploit & objectify numerous scantily clad under age [sic] girls, one of the female child dancers lifts up her cropped top to fully display her bare breast. This is lawfully defined as pedophilia and can be extremely distressing to many viewers.”

Further, another warning noted, “An 11 year old [sic] girl watches a female rap music video where naked women role play through dance, both heterosexual & lesbian sex acts. An 11 year old [sic] female dance group then mimics these sexual moves on themselves and on each other while the camera zooms in on their sexual body parts as they erotically writher [sic]. This can be highly distressing to many viewers.”

“Female breast nudity of a minor during an erotic dance scene and lengthy & excessive closeup shots of breasts, bums, and spread crotches of scantily clad 11 year old [sic] girls during numerous sexualized dance routines,” another warning added.

Internet archive website Wayback Machine captured the following shot of the IMDB page at 1 p.m. EST on Thursday:


Image source: Wayback Machine IMDB screenshot

Less than an hour later, the page appeared significantly different, and warned only that the movie “consists of 11 year old [sic] girls dancing very suggestively.”

It also adds, “A girl watches a female rap music video where naked women role play through dance.”

At the time of this writing, the IMDB page is significantly different:


Image source: IMDB screenshot

What else?

Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes currently ranks the film as 90% fresh.

The site declares that the film takes a “thoughtful look at the intricacies of girlhood in the modern age,” and is a “coming-of-age film that confronts its themes with poignancy and nuance.”

Decider’s John Serba wrote, “Cuties is nuanced and gripping, a powerful and meritorious drama that doesn’t deserve the type of ignorant condemnation it’s endured.”

Monica Castillo at RogerEbert.com added, “With Cuties, Doucouré announces herself as a director with a keen visual style who’s unafraid to explore these cultural and social tensions.”


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George Stephanopoulos’ wife says parents should watch porn with their kids because ‘you can’t stop them’ anyways

Actress Ali Wentworth, wife of ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, recently raised eyebrows after suggesting that parents should watch porn with their kids since “you can’t stop them” anyways.

The “Nightcap” star made the remarks during an interview on “The Dissenters,” a society and culture podcast hosted by actress Debra Messing and Mandana Dayani.

During the interview, Wentworth argued that since “you certainly can’t stop” kids from watching porn, parents should consider watching it with them to explain what is actually happening. She said that she would watch porn with her teenage daughters, Elliott, 17, and Harper, 15, at least “one time” in order to explain to them that it’s a performance and not realistic.

“In porn, the women have been conditioned to look [and act] a certain way,” Wentworth said, adding that it’s dangerous because then boys see that as something women want.

When asked how to stop kids from watching porn 24/7, she said: “You can’t stop them … so I would watch it with them. I would look at the porn with them that one time, [and explain], ‘They’re performing.'”

Wentworth added that she doesn’t recommend blocking porn on children’s devices because that only “peaks their curiosity.”

At other times during the interview, Wentworth described how she would discuss people posting sexualized images on social media with her daughters.

“I say, ‘Do you see this girl? There is a hole she is trying to fill,'” she said. “I [also] use humor to try to converse with them and say things like, ‘Did you drop out of school today. Did you get married today?'”

While Wentworth’s advice as it pertains to honesty and forthrightness about the porn industry or about what people are ultimately seeking when they post sexualized images on social media, is admirable, many on social media argued that she took things way too far.

One Twitter user wrote: “I pity any child who has her for a mother. Children are to be protected not exposed to filth.”

Another wrote: “She wants to watch porn with her kids. I’m sure you find that normal being a Hollywood type.”

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Facebook Helped Develop a Tails Exploit

This is a weird story:

Hernandez was able to evade capture for so long because he used Tails, a version of Linux designed for users at high risk of surveillance and which routes all inbound and outbound connections through the open-source Tor network to anonymize it. According to Vice, the FBI had tried to hack into Hernandez’s computer but failed, as the approach they used “was not tailored for Tails.” Hernandez then proceeded to mock the FBI in subsequent messages, two Facebook employees told Vice.

Facebook had tasked a dedicated employee to unmasking Hernandez, developed an automated system to flag recently created accounts that messaged minors, and made catching Hernandez a priority for its security teams, according to Vice. They also paid a third party contractor “six figures” to help develop a zero-day exploit in Tails: a bug in its video player that enabled them to retrieve the real I.P. address of a person viewing a clip. Three sources told Vice that an intermediary passed the tool onto the FBI, who then obtained a search warrant to have one of the victims send a modified video file to Hernandez (a tactic the agency has used before).

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Facebook also never notified the Tails team of the flaw — breaking with a long industry tradition of disclosure in which the relevant developers are notified of vulnerabilities in advance of them becoming public so they have a chance at implementing a fix. Sources told Vice that since an upcoming Tails update was slated to strip the vulnerable code, Facebook didn’t bother to do so, though the social media company had no reason to believe Tails developers had ever discovered the bug.

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“The only acceptable outcome to us was Buster Hernandez facing accountability for his abuse of young girls,” a Facebook spokesperson told Vice.. “This was a unique case, because he was using such sophisticated methods to hide his identity, that we took the extraordinary steps of working with security experts to help the FBI bring him to justice.”

I agree with that last paragraph. I’m fine with the FBI using vulnerabilities: lawful hacking, it’s called. I’m less okay with Facebook paying for a Tails exploit, giving it to the FBI, and then keeping its existence secret.

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Porn film was shot inside a public library during business hours — and included a woman exposing herself outside a grade school. Now people are furious.

Residents in Santa Monica, California, are outraged after a pornography film was shot inside a local public library during business hours.

According to KCBS-TV, scenes for the purportedly amateur video were shot in the library, on the city’s streets, and more. The outlet reported that footage from the film also features a female exposing herself outside of a local elementary school.

What are the details?

KCBS reported that the film — about 10 minutes in length — features a woman exposing herself in various public places and also engaging in sex acts in the library during business hours.

The woman in the video, according to those at KCBS who have seen it, boasts about not getting caught during the illicit behaviors.

Janet McLaughlin, one of the library’s neighbors, expressed her disgust to the station.

“God forbid a child walked in the library and walked right in on the middle of it. That’s my biggest concern,” she insisted. “Children don’t need to be exposed to this. If you want to do porn, stick to the hotels.”

McLaughlin said that Santa Monica officials were made aware of the video. She added that authorities told her that the act was simply a “misdemeanor.”

“[U]nless they witness it themselves, there is nothing they can do about it,” McLaughlin stated.

She later added that things of this nature should never happen — especially when it comes to children.

“We have to have laws to stop them from doing things that puts children in harm’s way,” she insisted.

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