Sunday Tribune

Twitter searches dish up hard-core porn to kids


CHILDREN are being exposed to hard core pornograph­y on Twitter as they innocently search for celebritie­s.

Unsolicite­d footage depicting graphic sex acts frequently appears on the social networking site’s results section. In most cases, the videos play automatica­lly when users search for names including Kate Middleton, Beyoncé and Kate Winslet.

Even searches for political events, such as Prime Minister’s Questions, can result in unwanted porn flooding the feed.

Most are posted by porn stars trying to drum up custom for their paid-for websites and webcam sex pages. The explicit clips appear even when the Twitter account has been set to a safe mode where “sensitive content” is supposed to be hidden.

Twitter, believed to have about a million child users in Britain, does not ask for a date of birth when users create an account and has no minimum age.

The site allows porn stars to use the networking site, but on the condition they do not feature explicit material in their profile pictures. However, they frequently post rolling videos of hardcore sex scenes with unrelated mentions of Hollywood stars or celebritie­s, so they automatica­lly appear in popular searches. – Daily Mail

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