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Google and Microsoft are taking steps to make it harder and harder for child porn content


author:Silicon Republic

Google and Microsoft are taking steps to make it harder and harder for child porn content, images and videos to be found on their respective search engines.

Both companies have revealed details of a new plan that will see restrictions immediately applied across English-speaking countries, with the rest of the world and 158 other languages in the next six months.

A new breakthrough technology will also be applied that will allow illegal videos to be tagged so that all duplicate copies can be removed across the internet.

The move comes just months after UK Prime Minister David Cameron called for internet companies to take more decisive action against the spate of illegal pornography that exists online.

He pointed out that in cases like the murders of youngsters Tia Sharp and April Jones that people will access extreme material, often beginning with a simple search via mainstream search engines like Google and Bing, which are used by 95pc of the internet’s users.

Microsoft and Yahoo! are expected to confirm the measures they are taking during pivotal Downing Street talks this week.

The new measures

Under the measures, the search engines will implement the introduction of new algorithms that will block child abuse images, videos and pathways that lead to illegal content, covering 100,000 unique searches on Google worldwide.

Both Microsoft and Google will begin stopping auto-complete features from offering people child abuse search terms.

Google and Microsoft will now work with the National Crime Agency and the Internet Watch Foundation to bring forward a plan to tackle peer-to-peer networks featuring child abuse images.

Google will also bring forward new technology that will put a unique identification mark on illegal child abuse videos, which will mean all copies are removed from the web once a single copy is identified.

 

EduSearch.co.nz 2012