Canada – To make tech giants pay for news
Canada’s government wants to follow Australia’s example of introducing a bill that address how social media companies should compensate Canadian news publishers. According to reports, Canada will be looking at creating a new federal regulator to oversee how Google and Big Tech companies deal with illegal content such as child pornography etc. Google responded by threatening to pull their services from the country and changing their content so that thousands of Australians see in the name of a media stunt. “they have actively used the monopoly control over information markets to try and influence Australian opinion. This reveals an entrenched disregard for community welfare and threatens to undermine Australia’s public decision-making processes.” More
North Macedonia – North Macedonia threatens to Block Telegram Over Pornography
Macedonian authorities threaten to block the messaging app Telegram over activities of a group consisting of more than 7,000 users who have been sharing and exchanging explicit pictures and videos of girls – some of whom are underage. Some users even wrote the names and locations of the girls. Others have shared photo shopped images taken from their Instagram profiles. If Telegram does not close the group called Public Room permanently, which was first discovered in January 2020, authorities will block Telegram without hesitation. Four people had already been arrested in connection with the revived group and a full-scale investigation has been launched. More
USA – The Truth about Teen Boys Addiction to Pornography
Michael Rubino, Ph.D, MFT, is a psychotherapist and has been licensed and practicing since 1997. He also has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and is licensed as a Marriage, Family and Child Therapist. Dr Rubino specializes in treating children and teenagers. He has appeared on several television and radio shows discussing teenage and parenting issues. He also works with high risk teens and children such as run always, children with Bipolar, Autism, teens who are suicidal and abusing drugs just to name a few.
The old stereo type of what it takes to “be a man” has had a negative impact on teenage boys according to current research data, writes Dr Rubino. It has lead boys to becoming sexually active in middle school, isolation, and being lead to believe that they should handle life like a grown man. However, they are not fully mature nor are they prepared to handle everything on their own. This stereotype has made them feel like they cannot ask for help or to share their concerns with their friends, and they feel like failures at 16 years old. Some teenage boys have self-reported going to porn sites five to 10 times a day. Therefore, while the DSM V does not list porn addiction as a formal diagnosis, many researchers and clinicians believe that people especially teenage boys can become addicted to pornography.
In his article Dr Rubino advises fathers that if they notice a change in their teenage son and they see that the teen spends a lot more time in his room since quarantine, then talk to him about pornography. Do it calmly and gently. Explain that pornography is a fantasy and not reality, and how it can give a boy the wrong idea about how to treat a woman. Don’t be afraid to ask if your son is having problems with pornography and reassure them that if they are, you will not get mad and you will help them find help for the issue. Be there as their father to eliminate the lonely, isolated feeling and help them on the road to recovery. More
Singapore – Watching porn, getting addicted
An addiction recovery center reports that the number of people seeking help for compulsive sexual behaviour in 2020 has doubled which includes excessive viewing of pornography. Cases include highly educated professionals who cannot go through the day without watching porn. Experts said the rise could be due to boredom, having poor coping strategies to stress and increased screen time during the coronavirus pandemic. Stuck indoors with nowhere to go, more people have gone online in search of entertainment during this time. More
Philippines – NTC asks 47 internet providers to explain failure to block child porn
47 internet service providers (ISPs) has been ordered by The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to explain their failure to block child pornography. The Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009 requires ISPs to inform the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) within 7 days of obtaining facts regarding child pornography engagement on their servers. ISPs are also compelled to preserve evidence for purposes of investigation and prosecution, and to furnish details of users involved in the child abuse. Despite the law being 11 years old, the ISP companies continue to disregard their duties. President Rodrigo Duterte approved the imposition of sanctions on the ISPs for their failure to comply. More
USA – Utah’s revenge porn law cleared by Utah House
Utah House of Representatives approve HB147, a bill inspired by the killing of Utah University student Lauren McCluskey. The bill would clarify that sharing of intimate images of someone without his or her consent is outlawed, regardless of whether a victim is alive to suffer emotional distress. More than two years ago, Lauren shared intimate photos with a university police officer to aid in the investigation of her eventual killer, who was blackmailing her with the photos. The officer showed the pictures to others on at least four occasions. Utah laws provide no avenue to prosecute the officer because it currently requires victims to suffer “actual emotional distress”. Charges could not be filed because Lauren was already dead by the time the officer shared the photos. More
USA – Utah privacy protection efforts hits a wall again
Twice in four months, proposals to compel makers of cellphones, tablets and computers to have porn filtering software installed and switched on for all sales in Utah wasn’t able to breach the wall of legislative approval. Supporters of the proposal praise the effective new tool because it keeps explicit internet content out of reach of children. Opponents whose only concern is constitutional issues and the potential for downstream business harm, have lambasted the proposal. They argue that parents must take responsibility for what they place in the hands of their children. Not the manufacturer. Chris McKenna, founder of internet safety advocacy group Protect Young Eyes, said this tool is to help, but not replace, parenting duties. More