Google, Microsoft to Block Child Porn Searches

They will also issue warnings and tag images for deletion

   

computer pile no 630 300x200 Google, Microsoft to Block Child Porn SearchesTwo leading tech giants are implementing technology to deter people from seeking out child pornography online.

On Monday, Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) said that they would implement changes to their Internet search engines in the U.K. to better screen search terms that could generate links to content showing the sexual abuse of children. The move comes as British regulators look to crack down on the availability of child porn online, the Washington Post notes.

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Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt published an article in a U.K. newspaper noting that the two companies had collaborated on the effort. Google plans to display a warning message to anyone who searches for 13,000 specific terms. The companies will also tag illegal images for automatic removal, preventing them from being reposted.

The changes will also mean that searches conducted for 100,000 phrases linked to child pornography and abuse will not return any results.

Britain has moved in recent months to limit access to Internet pornography.

Google says the changes will ultimately be rolled out across its websites in 150 languages, though it did not offer a specific timetable.


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