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This is a really important series and I'm glad the NY Times is talking to the incredible people who work on child safety every day.

One point they seem to be a bit confused about: the companies that report the most CSAM are not the worst actors, but the best.
The truth is that every single mechanism that exists for sharing photos or videos online is completely and totally flooded with child sexual abuse materials (CSAM). The massive disparity in NCMEC Cyber Tipline reports comes from the fact that most companies don't even look.
Those companies that do look are uneven in what they consider reportable and whether they will use ML to find new CSAM that isn't currently in the PhotoDNA hash banks.
The Times is right to bring up the difficult trade-off between privacy and child safety raised by the growth of E2E encryption. This is why we ran a workshop on non-backdoor options to deal with this issue, as covered by @CaseyNewton:

While the Times covers this trade-off, instead of beating up on companies that do the most to find and report CSAM maybe they can ask other companies why they report almost nothing.

Creating an incentive structure where companies are punished for reporting abuse is not helpful.
This is a fair response by Gabriel. I should have said that the interpretation of his piece was confused, not the authors themselves. Leaving the thread up as a base for conversation.

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