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Internal DEFEND News

Aug 9/20 – DEFEND is born! First Committee Meeting is held on Zoom.

Oct 2020 – DEFEND launches it’s website!

Mar 14/21 – DEFEND approves an Awareness Campaign which will take place in the coming weeks! Event summary: We will be producing a Live Stream Event on our Youtube Channel, where various people from DEFEND and outside of DEFEND will be “Saying Thank You” to ALL of the 9000+ people who signed our petition! – Stay tuned for more.

Mar 21/21 – DEFEND Challenges Instagram to Do Better (for Children) – Read Press Release

Mar 22/21 – DEFEND officially launches its peer-to-peer support group (on Facebook) for parents/guardians looking to reduce risks for children/vulnerable people online – Click HERE to join

Mar 27/21 – DEFEND launches new petition to STOP FACEBOOK in developing an Instagram App for Kids UNDER the age of 13.

April 3/21 – DEFEND announces the “10-hour Ink-a-Thon” which will be a Live Stream Event on Youtube saying thank you to everyone who has signed our petition. The event will take place on May 8 starting at 10am EDT and continue as long as it takes to read all of the names from the petition. Some of the people joining the Live Stream will be: Chris Hansen, Taryn Manning and some of the DEFEND team!  Watch the promo here.

April 19/21 – DEFEND updates our website to add educational materials for parents/caregivers – Materials about popular social media sites/apps. Learn about those risks HERE!

April 24/21 – DEFEND announces prize lineup for May 8th Ink-a-Thon: $50 Gift Card for Moxies Grill & Bar (Canada), $50 Apple Gift Card (US), $100 Gift Card for Google Play Store (Canada) & $100 USD for one person anywhere in the world who has joined our Parents/Caregivers Support Group on FACEBOOK (Sent by Paypal). See more about the event HERE.

April 30/21 – Journalist Chris Hansen, actor Taryn Manning and more celebrities will join in reading 10,000 signatures on May 8th “Ink-a-Thon” Live StreamRead Press Release

April 30/21 – DEFEND’s Education Team launches its “Bite-Sized Bits” a regulavideo segment that will showcase risks and highlight new trends that parents/caregivers should know about – See MORE

 

External Related News

Oct 24/19 – Mom finds 58 porn videos of kidnapped teen child:
 
Feb 2020 – Petition to hold PornHub accountable (TraffickingHub):
 

Nov 23/20 – Canadian Senator Julie Miville-Dechene, Introduces Bill S-203 aimed at porn companies, making it illegal for age verification to not be in place: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/senator-violent-porn-mandatory-age-pornhub-1.5810603

 
Dec 4/20 – NY Times Article “The Children of Pornhub”:
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/04/opinion/sunday/pornhub-rape-trafficking.html
 
Dec 6/20 – Visa/Mastercard Investigate relationship with PornHub:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/mastercard-investigating-pornhub-allegations-child-sex-1.5830669
 
Dec 10/20 – Visa/Mastercard suspend acceptance privileges on PornHub:
 
Dec 11/20 – Canadian Parliament ethics committee requests executives at PornHub to testify at hearing:
 

Dec 14/20 – PornHub removes all “unverified” accounts and content on their platform:
https://www.vice.com/en/article/jgqjjy/pornhub-suspended-all-unverified-videos-content

 
Dec 14/20 – Danny O’Brien and Rainey Reitman write a piece of how Mastercard/Visa shouldn’t dictate what they watch on PornHub:
 
Dec 23/20 – Visa resumes transactions on some of Mindgeeks’s Platforms – But not PornHub:
 
Feb 1/21 – Serena Fleites testifies before a Canadian Parliamentary Committee about how pornographic videos of her at age 14 made their way onto Pornhub: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4auDHtorGM 

 
Feb 22/21 – Lianna McDonald, Executive Director of Canadian Centre for Child Protection (which runs Cybertip.ca) tells a Canadian Parliamentary Committee about how there’s a “HUGE ISSUE” with the lack of age verification online:
 
Mar 2021 – Sex workers call out to be heard by the Canadian Parliamentary Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics about their perspective on possible action that may be taken regarding pornsites:
https://www.peacearchnews.com/news/sex-workers-say-their-voice-is-needed-at-commons-committee-studying-pornhub/
 
Mar 15/21 – More than 70 Canadian MPs & Senators call for Pornhub’s executives to be criminally investigated:
 
Mar 16/21 – Instagram announces changes to try and make children safer on their platform:
 
Mar 18/21 – BuzzFeed reports that Instagram is building an App for kids under the age of 13:
 
Mar 21/21 – Grant Thornton, auditor for a few of MindGeek’s (Pornhub’s parent company) companies resigns from post. Up until January Thornton’s Dublin Ireland office was apparently used as a corporate address for one of Mindgeek’s companies – which may conflict with one of Mindgeek’s execs’ testimony (at Canadian House of Commons Committee Hearings):
 
Mar 25/21 – Mark Zuckerberg confirms (at a US congressional hearing) that Facebook is developing an Instagram app for kids!
 
Mar 26/21 – E&T reports on NSPCC’s new study which reveals that more than 50% of child sex crimes take place on a Facebook-owned app: https://eandt.theiet.org/content/articles/2021/03/facebook-apps-used-in-more-than-half-of-online-child-sex-crimes-says-nspcc/
 
 
April 2021 – Pornhub publishes its first annual ‘Transparency Report’ which details over 13,000 reports of CSAM to NCMEC.
 
April 2021 – A 12-year old Colorado boy dies from a TikTok ‘Blackout challenge’ to hold one’s breath, to intentionally pass out: https://globalnews.ca/news/7759445/boy-tiktok-blackout-challenge-death/
 
April 14/21 – Mastercard announces steps to make sure all parties, including uploaders, have ID and verification of consent in the adult content realm, to use their services: https://www.mastercard.com/news/perspectives/2021/protecting-our-network-protecting-you-preventing-illegal-adult-content-on-our-network/
 
April 15/21 – CCFC (Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood) and several other child advocacy groups join DEFEND in dissenting & chastising Facebook for wanting to create an Instagram for kids: https://commercialfreechildhood.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/instagram_letter.pdf
 
April 21/21 – $2b company Match Group inc. (owner of Tinder and many other dating apps/sites) issues a statement blaming Apple and Google for being responsible for allowing children on their services!! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LJvHjpA8QeFfsx1YLZs2_7LwGQA4muEB/view?usp=sharing

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