Google Agrees to Block Child Porn

GooglePorn involving children has been a major talking point in many countries around the world recently. One of the biggest issues was that search engines would bring up the results for those looking for the illegal images. However, Google has now agreed that it will block most child porn. It is the first but definitely not the last with Microsoft and Yahoo close behind in the decision.

Over the last few months changes have been proposed and made so that over 100,000 search queries have been blocked by both this search engine and Microsoft as they both work together to tackle this growing problem. The queries don’t just cover porn but anything that involves or could potentially involve the abuse of children.

Another 13,000 will show a warning when people search for particular keywords and phrases. These warnings do not just tell people that they are breaking the law. They offer advice and help as officials are more concerned that it is a psychological problem.

No Easy Way to Monitor Search Engines

To bring up the quick results, it is difficult for search engine queries to be monitored by humans. However, it is difficult to block all phrases from the searches as people find ways around them. This is why it is impossible to simply block all websites that have the images of child abuse and porn. Because of that, humans need to review the content. What could be viewed as abuse by computers could be innocent bath time pictures parents have shared.

These agreed blocks to child porn from Google are currently only for the English sites. However, they will soon be in place for over 150 languages. This will hopefully prevent the majority of criminals viewing the images.

Transatlantic Force to Stop Child Porn and Abuse Images

As part of the worldwide crackdown, Britain and the United States are joining together to create a transatlantic force to capture anyone who is involved in child abuse and uses the internet to spread it around. They will work together to break the encrypted IP addresses and find the locations of anybody involved in anyway.

It does beg the question why it has taken so long, though. Despite Google existing since 1997, it is only now, in 2013, that the chairman has decided to look for ways to crack down on this. It is only have the public outcry for something to be done that the company has even considered it. However, it is better late than never and this is not just to stop people finding the images. The 200 strong team are working daily to help tackle the whole issue. It has been successful over recent months with the number of people searching for these images dropping by 20%.

Yahoo is following suit, issuing a statement that it has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to these types of images and abuse. However, it has taken Google and Microsoft to agree to block child porn before Yahoo would do anything.

By Alexandria Ingham

The Guardian

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