Google announced that it is going to be spending $5 million on an effort to wipe out photos of child sexual abuse from the Internet, as well as another $2 million to research on more ways to find images and report and eradicate them.
According to CNN, Jacqueline Fuller, the director of Google Giving, said that even though the Internet has been a force for good, there has also been dark corners of the web where criminal behaviour exists, just like it does in the physical world.
According to Huffington Post, Google has been using a special type of tagging technology to find child porn since 2008, and this technology is called "hashing." Hashing finds images and then gives each one of them a unique ID that allows Google's computers to find duplicate images without people having to look at the photos again.
Google's rivals will now be able to use the same technology that Google has been using.
According to Forbes, Google is not the only tech company to be lending a hand in the battle against child porn. Microsoft has also joined the battle, developing a "photo DNA" which can match newly-uncovered images to other images, regardless of whether or not they were modified. Facebook is using technology to identify child porn that might be posted to its site, and once it is found it is removed. Facebook also turns over the content to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
John Ryan, the CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children , said that Google has once again demonstrated its commitment to combat online child pornography. Ryan said that Google's technology will help in minimizing victim's continued re-victimization.