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Google cracks down on Internet child pornography, sexual abuse

By Lesley Lanir     Nov 19, 2013 in Internet
Google will block global search results connected to child sex abuse and pornography. The Internet giant is introducing algorithmic changes to its engine and starting to monitor pornographic images and videos to help clean-up the web.
Google's company chairman, Eric Schmidt announced in an Op-Ed on MailOnline that by implementing new technology Google's search function will be adapted in order to block images and videos of child pornography.
Schmidt refers to last week's arrest of 348 people in a Canadian initiated operation in which 386 young kids were rescued; one of the largest child sex investigations ever seen.
Schmidt says, "It defies belief that anyone would sexually abuse children, especially teachers and doctors entrusted with their care. But this awful case highlights the depths to which humanity can sink."
"We've listened. We've fine-tuned Google Search to prevent links to child sexual abuse material from appearing in our results."
The chairman said that Google Search has been adjusted to prevent links to child sexual abuse content appearing in search results and that new technology being introduced will tag illegal videos so that all duplicates can be taken down from the internet.
The restrictions will initially apply in English-speaking countries, however, within six months will cover the rest of the world and 150 other languages.
In his Op-Ed Schmidt outlines:
'Deterrence,' - Warnings and alerts will appear announcing that child sexual abuse is illegal together with advisory notices.
'Detection and removal,' - Images will be individually 'fingerprinted if they hint at child sexual abuse or pornography.
'Technical expertise,' Technical support for organisations working to fight the sexual exploitation of children online.
Schmidt's announcement was made a day before a British Government summit on internet pornography.
MailOnline interviewed British prime-minister David Cameron, who commented that although the change Google was making was significant it was not sufficient and threatened legislation if the internet companies refuse to do more.
Schmidt ended his Op-Ed by writing:
"We welcome the lead taken by the British Government, and hope that the technologies developed (and shared) by our industry will make a real difference in the fight against this terrible crime."
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