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Ashton Kutcher's nonprofit wants to abolish child sex abuse on the internet with backing from a $280 million TED-sponsored fund

Ashton Kutcher's nonprofit wants to abolish child sex abuse on the internet with backing from a $280 million TED-sponsored fund
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Ashton Kutcher's nonprofit company, Thorn, is one of eight organizations to receive money from the Audacious Project, a TED-backed fund giving away $280 million this year.




Thorn's technology helps companies and law enforcement agents defend children from online sexual abuse.




The company plans to use the Audacious funding to build out its software, which is already being beta tested by Imgur and Flickr.




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In 2018, the United States saw millions of reported instances of child sexual exploitation on the internet. Many of these harrowing stories have escaped public notice, said Julie Cordua, the CEO of Thorn, a nonprofit that builds technology to defend children from sexual abuse.
Cordua works with the company's co-founder, Ashton Kutcher, to encourage companies to weed out abuse on their online platforms.
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