INHOPE Statistics Report 2018

June 17, 2019

Today, INHOPE publishes its annual statistics for 2018. INHOPE is a global network of Hotlines combating online Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) with 46 Hotlines in 41 countries. Hotlines enable the public to report online material, including potential CSAM that they suspect to be illegal. The Hotline will review and investigate each report. If confirmed as illegal, they work with partner Hotlines in the network, law enforcement and industry to get the content removed as rapidly as possible from the internet.

The primary tool used to achieve this task is the ICCAM system, which allows for instant cross-border exchange of CSAM reports between Hotlines across the globe. From the data gathered through ICCAM and published in this report it can be noted that:

  • The volume of reports being handled by INHOPE Hotlines is increasing
  • The distribution and redistribution of new and previously seen CSAM is growing
  • Hotlines are having a significant impact on the issue
Highlights of the report

  • 155,240 CSAM related reports were exchanged via ICCAM 
  • 337,588 alleged CSAM related images and videos were processed via ICCAM 
  • 223,999 images and videos were assessed as illegal
  • 58% were removed from the internet in less than 3 days
  • 91% involved children under 13 years of age
  • 80% of victims were female
  • 84% of the content was hosted on image hosting services

To read the full report, click here.

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