Mastodon, an alternative social network to Twitter, has a serious problem with child sexual abuse material according to researchers from Stanford University. In just two days, researchers found over 100 instances of known CSAM across over 325,000 posts on Mastodon. The researchers found hundreds of posts containing CSAM related hashtags and links pointing to CSAM trading and grooming of minors. One Mastodon server was even taken down for a period of time due to CSAM being posted. The researchers suggest that decentralized networks like Mastodon need to implement more robust moderation tools and reporting mechanisms to address the prevalence of CSAM.

    • aes
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      489 months ago

      This is a whataboutist counterpoint at best. Universities and their researchers are not a monolith.

      • @Applejuicy@feddit.nl
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        129 months ago

        OP unironically linked an article referring to a 50k donation in 2004 to a physics department to show that the Stanford Cyber Policy center somehow is not out for wellbeing of kids? Imagine being this delusional.

    • @sanzky@beehaw.org
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      79 months ago

      This is just bad press. The actual study is quite good and offers good recommendations on how to improve moderation on the fediverse