“Some of the more predatory businesses on our list were quick to capitalize on the deepening vulnerabilities and societal chaos that COVID-19 created,” she said.
In particular, the center called out Amazon for featuring “endless amounts of sexual exploitation” online.
“As a social platform, Amazon’s Twitch is rife with sexual harassment, predatory grooming, and child sexual abuse,” the center noted. “As an online retailer, Amazon is in the business of selling incest-themed porn, sex dolls, photography books with eroticized child nudity, and more.”
The media platform Amazon Prime Video “inserts unnecessary, gratuitous nudity and simulated sex scenes into many of its original programming, while providing faulty parental controls,” the center said, while Amazon Web Services “is host to many hardcore violent pornography and prostitution websites.”
Other companies - including OnlyFans and Seeking Arrangement - “saw their profits skyrocket as the world moved online,” Nealon said. OnlyFans is a website where people can pay a subscription to see posts by creators. Seeking Arrangement is a website where women can find a “sugar daddy” who will pay them for companionship.
“And they could have done much more to protect the people using their products, especially children” Nealon said.
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Chromebooks - the near-ubiquitous computers used for online learning - also do not feature enough protection from pornography and exploitation, said the NCOSE.
“These entities have a social obligation to do something,” said Nealon. “Especially now. And they must do so with the urgency appropriate to the gravity of these harms.”
The NCOSE has published a “Dirty Dozen” list each year since 2013, but beginning in 2020 the list was expanded to include a “Baker’s Dozen” of the top contributors to online sexual exploitation