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Google, Microsoft Join Hands to Fight Child Porn

Child porn is a growing global menace that not only is an over-indulgent form of voyeurism but is also a huge threat to the sanctity of the innocence of the children being abused. Up until now it continued run unabated because of easy access through search engines. Search giants Google and Bing announced today that they will be blocking searches made on child abuse images. As per a Reuters news report:

The child porn crackdown announced during a Internet safety summit in London came after Prime Minister David Cameron in July urged Internet firms to do more to stop access to illegal images in the wake of two high-profile child sex murders in Britain.

Furthermore, Britain’s National Crime Agency is collaborating with the US FBI to crack down on pedophiles. Google and Microsoft have already developed algorithms to block child abuse imagery searches. Because of this change to their search process, as many as 100,000 will be blocked and bad search keywords will produce warnings about the illegality of child abuse. The plan is to introduce the new algorithm in Britain first and then roll it out to 150+ countries during a course of next six months.

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“We were told that cleaning up searches couldn’t be done and shouldn’t be done. We’re now being told by the industry that it can be done and will be done,” Cameron said in a statement.

Anurag is an open-source evangelist, and affiliated with several Linux projects like OpenMandriva, Unity and Granular. He began his Linux journey with SuSE 9.1. He is passionate about sports (football, tennis, cricket) and loves to read books (fiction, sci-fi, classics). He is also an avid gamer, Steam being his latest obsession. He usually blogs on his homepage and twitter profile. Anurag works as a Senior Analyst (software engineering) at Accenture India, and is a regular contributor at Muktware.

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