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Freedom of speech is not a defence when someone else is being intentionally harmed and companies should not get away with dragging their feet, hiding behind this or other defences such as their privacy rules.

— Survey respondent

Your Voice Has the Power to Protect Children

Following the release of the New York Times series, Exploited, the Canadian Centre launched a short survey asking the public to weigh in on the responsibility industry bears in the removal of child sexual abuse images online, and what ought be done should they fail to comply.

Over 10,500* people have completed the survey with these notable results:

  • 83% felt a technology company who does not remove child sexual abuse imagery on its service companies should be criminally charged. Another 15% felt companies should be fined for failure to remove.
  • 90% felt governments should pass laws that require technology companies to meet safety standards that include penalties for non-compliance.
  • 95% felt that technology companies who are notified that stolen images of children are being reposted/shared in a sexual context on their services and platforms should be required by law to remove the stolen images.

Read the full results

The survey remains open for further public input. To participate, click here.

Learn more about how the Canadian Centre is using technology to combat this global epidemic through Project Arachnid.

Child Protection and Rights Framework

The Canadian Centre’s framework, How We Are Failing Children: Changing the Paradigm, raises critical awareness about the ways industry has failed to effectively respond to the removal of child sexual abuse images online, along with proposing principles of action to put the protection and rights of children at the forefront.

Read a summary of the framework, or the full report here.


  1. * As of March 1, 2020.

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