Telstra in porn scandal

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Telstra has been caught in another scandal, this time for selling “amateur porn” on it’s website, WotNext.com.au. This new scandal, reported by Australian IT (who in turn got it from the Daily Telegraph), is selling the smutty videos for $1 for women sunbathing or wrestling.

The site, which was launched for young musicians to promote their music, has seen 8 out of it’s top 10 most watch videos involve women undressing.

Family groups have accused the telecommunications operator for exploiting young internet users and want the Rudd government to intervene. “The film clips on the site treat young women as sex objects … all delivered through a part-owned government communications provider,” Melinda Tankard Reist, director of Women’s Forum of Australia, told the Daily Telegraph.

The Australian Family Association has said that by running the site, it is rotting the minds of young men and women. “Telstra are commercially exploiting young people,” spokeswoman Angela Conway said to the Daily Telegraph.

“They’re deliberately sexualising young people in the most worrying way purely for commercial exploitation.”

However, Telstra are currently looking at their guidelines and take no responsibility over the act; saying that the site was not meant to show porn. Spokesman Peter Taylor has said that “Some of the current videos and the descriptions on WotNext are an unintended consequence of the user generated site and fall short of community expectations.”

“We share concerns by others and believe it has become a magnet for tasteless video graffiti and we will be undertaking a prompt review of guidelines for posting content.”