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To: Jeff Bezos
Amazon: Stop Hosting Child Pornography
Amazon Web Services -- the largest cloud provider in the U.S. which controls ⅓ of the internet - refuses to report images of child sexual abuse, sometimes called child pornography. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos makes $13 billion a day; it would be pennies to him to find and report these images, saving millions of children from abuse. Parents across the U.S. are asking Amazon: Keep kids safe by finding and reporting child sexual abuse material (CSAM) on Amazon Web Services.
Why is this important?
CSAM is a global crisis that exists in every corner of the internet. Increasingly, these horrific images feature very young children --infants and toddlers -- and are growing more violent and extreme. The coronavirus pandemic has created an explosion of CSAM, with reports increasing 400% over the past few months.
Last year tech companies made 17 million reports of CSAM. Of those 17 million, Amazon made 8. Other big companies made hundreds of thousands to millions of reports, but Amazon, with the third of the internet they control, only made 8 reports. By failing to find and report CSAM, Amazon is hurting kids and creating a safe space for child predators to buy, sell, store, and share these illegal images.
Amazon's refusal to report CSAM is part of a growing trend of big tech companies pushing the full responsibility of keeping kids safe online onto parents -- many of whom are now in the impossible position of working, parenting, teaching, and policing technology all at the same time. Tech companies like Amazon are making billions off families, and they must share the responsibility to keep kids safe.
By proactively searching for and reporting CSAM photos and videos, Amazon could save thousands of children from abuse and revictimization. Parents across the country are demanding Amazon do their part to keep kids safe online by finding and reporting CSAM.