Google Aims to Eliminate Child Porn

Jun 20, 2013

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This week, Google announced their increased initiative to stop child pornography online.

The company has been working with other tech industry companies since 2006 to develop technical solutions to fight child exploitation. They now offer $5 million to support global child protection organizations and have established an additional $2 million Child Protection Technology Fund to facilitate the development of better tools in the battle against child sexual abuse on the Web.

Google’s efforts also include the creation of a global database of child porn images using technology that tags known sexual abuse images with unique “fingerprints.” It will be used by companies, law enforcement, and charities to collaborate on detecting and deleting all flagged images of child porn from the web. This cross-industry database will also help law enforcement find and punish the criminals responsible for the distribution of these illegal and victimizing images.

We are very happy to hear about Google’s investment in such an important cause. Net Nanny is very good at blocking pornography, but it’s not perfect. The software categorizes and filters content based only on the text it picks up, so sometimes images can slip through the cracks.

If Google and its partner organizations are successful in wiping child pornography from the Internet, families will have a little less to worry about. But still, this initiative only relates to child pornography, because that’s the type that is illegal. So parents, still be on guard when your kids go online. Use an Internet filter and adjust the settings so your kids don’t see content you know is bad for them.

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