Twitter Bans Common Term For Child Predators

( According to recent calls from left-wing organizations, Twitter is reportedly planning to outlaw the term “groomer” as an insult “when in context of the debate of gender identity.”

According to Lauren Alexander, a Twitter employee, Twitter is committed to addressing abuse that is driven by hatred, prejudice, or intolerance, particularly abuse that aims to stifle the voices of individuals who have been historically oppressed. Twitter forbids behavior that targets people or groups with abuse because of their alleged membership in a protected class.

According to Alexander, the use of the phrase “groomer” in the context of a debate about gender identity is forbidden by Twitter’s hateful conduct policy.

In light of Alexander’s statement, the question that has to be asked is why juvenile victims of grooming and sexual abuse seem to have less protection on Twitter than child perpetrators do because some of the most severe reports of crimes against minors on the social media platform go unresolved while the site prioritizes statements concerning particular words and regulates how phrases are used.

On Twitter, actual child sexual exploitation and grooming take place. If the platform concentrates on anything, it should be the total elimination of widespread child sexual exploitation—not policing the terminology used by individuals who point out bad behavior.

Matthew K. Walsh, 24, of Baltimore, Maryland, entered a guilty plea to sexual exploitation of a juvenile to create child pornography on July 22, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ). Walsh acknowledged that he made fictional internet personas pretending to be minor girls in order to contact and persuade young men between the ages of 12 and 17 to transmit sexually explicit pictures and videos to the person they thought was a minor girl but was actually Walsh.

The DoJ provided the following further distressing information-

Over 40 underage males have been positively identified as victims of Walsh’s activity. At least 30 victims’ photos and films were purchased by Walsh, who also gave them to others.

Walsh also sold the children’s sexually explicit files to others after uploading them to multiple Twitter accounts, making about $8000 from selling the materials. In particular, Walsh interacted with at least 50 distinct Twitter users interested in buying either individual CSAM files or Walsh’s CSAM “collections.” There were more than 100 separate victim files in the “collection.”

Some Twitter users discussed tactics for luring and extorting nude photographs and videos from child sex abuse victims. The fact that some of the people in sexually explicit files were as young as 14 was mentioned in a number of tweets by Twitter users.


According to a complaint against Twitter, two young men shared images of themselves abusing children on social media. There is no doubt that parents and other adults should talk to their kids about online safety, particularly the danger of sextortion. Platforms should adhere to their own terms of service and actively stop child sexual exploitation rather than be urged to ban non-violent expression.