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Justin.tv streams child porn: industry crackdown coming?

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The mainstream live video streaming industry has always struggled with content control. Unlike pre-recorded content which can often be filtered at the point it is uploaded, or close there to it, live content can only be moderated if a complaint is received and the person in the stream is caught in the act.

We’ve learned from a reader that Justin.tv this week streamed child pornography featuring 13 year old girls. We are in receipt of pictures and a comment stream that back that observation up to a point, however I would note for the record that none of the pictures we receive show nudity…as the act of receiving and viewing the said images would be illegal in Australia, even when sent for journalistic purposes. We would note that our tipper was appalled by what he stumbled upon on Justin.tv as well and has made no effort a far as we are aware to capture the parts of the video that would constitute child pornography.

According to out tipper, at around 10pm July 14 a number of 13 year old girls streaming live on Justin.tv were being asked to take their clothes off or were hit on by around 800 viewers. Here’s one of the initial screen shot:

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After some time the girls started to flirt more with the people in the chat room, and that’s when the nudity started. According to our tippers, the 13 year old girls flashed their breasts. These images do not show them doing that, but do show one girl stripping, and another posing in a suggestive fashion.

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I’ve not asked Justin.tv for comment because I know this isn’t a problem restricted to them alone, and to their credit (and what I would note would have been the standard response) they suspended the account some time after the child pornography went to air based on an internal complaint system (they nearly all exclusively work this way.)

Some providers are more prone to this sort of content than others though. Stickam has long been know for its scantily clad young girls as this screen shot taken early Sunday US time shows:

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Sites that attract a younger demographic tend to have the issue more: Live Universe has it, but you rarely if even see this sort of content on Ustream.tv. The problem then is knowing the age of those on screen: the porn industry has a record keeping requirement for age verification, something seemingly not required by streaming video sites.

What is clear though is that the live video streaming industry faces far greater risks from carrying child porn than it does in its constant fights against pirated content. Laws may offer some protection for these companies today, but laws can always be changed, and hosting naked 13 year old girls isn’t a good look for any company. A crackdown seems likely and it’s just a matter of when it will happen.

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9 Responses to “Justin.tv streams child porn: industry crackdown coming?”

  1. Bob

    Oh, please. You see this kind of content on ustream all the time. Let's see…bad comments about everyone but ustream. Could it be more obvious that this article was fed to you by ustream employees?

    It's a shame that ustream can't get ahead by making a good product, and instead have to resort to generating nasty rumors.

  2. 55RUST

    Man, read the comments in the chat.

    Disgusting. I hate sites like these.

  3. beci johnson

    i was there and it was not porn r u kidding me that is so fake

  4. moralfaghater

    LOL I find it amazing, you seem to know ALL about these sites. I bet you have done days and days of research, and collected lots of “evidence photos” lol I bet it took forever to put this article together with just 1 hand. LOL I agree, MORAL FAG get out!!!

  5. SickOfstupidmorons

    You americans seems sometime be the most stuppid people in the world. Its okey starting war in the world. And also have lots of violense in every movie. But when it comes to sex its a big difference

    The girls is flashing what the fuck is wrong with that.

    ITS not porn!!!!!!!!

    Only stupid morons things so. Probadly because the christian fanatist in the US :-(

  6. Jer

    First of all, 13yo and up are NOT children, they are adolescents; second, “child pornography” is by definition a pictorial record of sexual abuse of a child. These girls, while they are being encouraged by people online, are doing this THEMSELVES. There are NO victims here; they're in NO danger if they refuse to comply with the requests. I agree, this is a problem, but for God's sake, quit calling it “child porn”; as long as we continue to lump EVERYTHING sexual involving minors (i.e. 2 14yo having sex) into “child porn” or “sexual offense” categories, the Sex Offender Registries will continue to decline in overall effectiveness until they are more laughable even than they are now!

  7. Kurt Berry

    This may or not be healthy behaviour. This may or not be risky behaviour, but to associate this with being “pornographic” and then by default “evil” or “dangerous” is being extremely puritanical and prudish. Certain cultures in the world are in the midst of a “sex panic” related to people's fear of new technology and evolving mores. That is why there is so much media hysteria concerning sexual matters of young people which exagerate the supposed dangers. Currenty in many industrial nations like the US and Canada, people who have caused no harm to anyone and are not a threat to anyone have had their lives totally destroyed because they were in possession of photographs and videos of young adults engaged in consensual behaviour under the overly broad definition of “child pornography”. The generally accepted definition (which most other advanced industrial nations also use for the legal definition) of child pornography is that it consists of photographs and/or video of actual crimes against children, i.e., prepubescent young children being the victims of assault, abuse and rape. Young adults under the age of 18 engaged in consensual acts which happen to be filmed or photographed are not included in a more fair, rational and just definition of child pornography. The overly broad laws in the US and Canada go beyond protecting children (which is a good thing) by imposing traditional and/or religious sexual mores upon individuals who according to all empirical studies are more than capable of making consensual decisions and should be accorded the same rights of expression and privacy as all members of society.