What To Do If You’ve Been Victimized By Twitter

Could I Qualify for a Lawsuit?

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The Lawsuit: John Doe v. Twitter

For a copy of the Complaint, CLICK HERE.
On January 20, 2021, a federal complaint was filed in the Northern District of California against Twitter by a minor in Florida, John Doe. John Doe was harmed by Twitter’s distribution of material depicting his sexual abuse, and by Twitter’s knowing refusal to remove the videos of his child pornography when notified by the plaintiff and the plaintiff’s parents.

The Facts:

John Doe was a 13 year old boy, who thought he was chatting online with an adolescent girl and exchanged nude photos. It quickly became apparent that the “girl” was in fact a sex trafficker posing as a child to lure, entice, manipulate, solicit, and extort this minor child. The conversation quickly turned to blackmail and the minor was told to send more pornographic videos or the images would be distributed in his community. Out of fear, John Doe complied. Eventually, John Doe was able to stop communicating with the traffickers and thought he was free.

A couple years later, when John Doe was 16 years old, the videos and images resurfaced in a compilation video online that was broadly distributed on Twitter. When this came to the child and his family’s attention, they reached out to Twitter, asking to have this removed and provided proof of age. Instead of the videos being removed, Twitter did nothing, even reporting back to John Doe that the video in question did not in fact violate any of their policies. This refusal to act by Twitter resulted in the child pornography of John Doe accumulating over 167,000 views before direct involvement from a law enforcement officer finally got Twitter to take it down.

Can I Join the Lawsuit Against Twitter?

If you or someone you know have had child sexual abuse material posted on Twitter, and the platform knew or should have known it was there but either failed to act or refused to act, then it’s possible (though not guaranteed) that you might have a case against the platform. If Twitter has failed to remove or refused to remove child sexual abuse material, please contact us below to discuss your potential claim or fill out the form below.

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