Skype: Stop Livestreaming Child Sexual Abuse!

Satya Nadella, CEO Microsoft

Livestreaming child sexual abuse is a big problem. There are two major ways livestreaming abuse happens. Most often, predators trick, coerce or bribe kids into livestreaming nude or sexual acts -- this happens everywhere, especially in the U.S. Predators also sometimes pay to “direct” abuse on a child, often involving Western men and children from developing countries. This trend is especially dangerous because with livestreaming abuse, predators no longer need physical access to children. But it’s super hard to fight because it doesn’t leave a record, so a lot of parents don’t even know it’s happening.

Skype, owned by Microsoft, is a popular live streaming app that law enforcement has said is the #1 source for livestreaming sexual abuse. Will you sign my petition asking Skype to stop livestreaming child sexual abuse?

To: Satya Nadella, CEO Microsoft
From: [Your Name]

Child sexual abuse livestreaming is on the rise, and lockdowns and isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic have made children even more vulnerable to abuse. As parents, we are horrified that Skype, owned by Microsoft, has been cited by law enforcement as the #1 platform for this type of abuse. We are asking Skype to take 3 key steps to prevent livestreaming of child abuse:

- Increase privacy and controls on accounts for children under 18 to make it harder for predators to contact them
- Create an action plan to find and disrupt common patterns of use for livestreaming sexual abuse
- Collaborate with law enforcement whenever possible to share data and support the identification of abusers