January-February 2021 – Since February 2017, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) has been calling out EBSCO, an information service widely used for U.S. public school and library computers. According to NCOSE, the database continues to allow access to hardcore pornography and prostitution sites through its search databases, thus exposing students to such content.
In an October blog post, NCOSE warned parents about the continued problems with EBSCO and the potential for even greater risk of exposure during virtual schooling. Days later, EBSCO sent a letter to NCOSE demanding recision of the statements.
Dawn Hawkins, NCOSE executive director, indicated EBSCO had made some efforts in recent years to clean up curation processes, but it was not enough, considering the dangers it offers to students.
Therefore, NCOSE quickly responded in a letter rejecting EBSCO’s demands and attaching evidence of explicit content still found in the company’s databases.