Amazon’s encrypted chat app faces child abuse charges

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  • Amazon.com, Inc. AMZN Amazon Web Services’ encrypted messaging app Wickr Me has become a thriving destination for sharing child sexual abuse images, NBC News reports citing court documents, online communities, law enforcement order and anti-exploitation activists.
  • Experts and law enforcement officials have claimed Amazon has done little to address the issue, further encouraging such activities due to the lower likelihood of detection.
  • NBC News reviewed court documents from 72 state and federal child sexual abuse or child pornography lawsuits where the defendant allegedly used Wickr over the past five years in the US, UK and Australia.
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  • Almost none of the criminal complaints reviewed note Wickr’s cooperation unless he was required to provide information via a search warrant.
  • NBC notes that according to two investigators and expert claims, individuals have frequently used Wickr and other platforms for criminal transactions on the dark web.
  • Reddit, Tumblr, and Twitter, NBC News found multiple forums, accounts, and blogs soliciting minors, those who have access to them, or those who wish to trade child sexual abuse material alongside Wickr screen names.
  • Amazon said it is committed to preventing child sexual exploitation material (CSAM) in all segments of its business, including Wickr.
  • Wickr isn’t the only tech platform that needs to crack down on this illegal content, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has revealed.
  • Price action: AMZN shares traded down 5.62% to $109.67 when last checked on Friday.
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