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Google blocks child porn from searches

AFP-JIJI

Google boss Eric Schmidt said Monday that the tech giant had developed new technology that makes it harder to find images of child sexual abuse.

Writing in the British newspaper the Daily Mail, Google’s executive chairman said more than 100,000 searches will no longer feature such material in their results.

The restrictions will initially apply to English-speaking countries but will be expanded to the rest of the world and 158 other languages within six months.

The announcement came ahead of Monday’s Internet Safety Summit at Prime Minister David Cameron’s Downing Street office, where Google and Microsoft will be joined by other Internet firms.

Schmidt said that in the last three months, Google had more than 200 staffers working on developing new technology to tackle the problem. Warnings are now showing at the top of results for more than 13,000 searches. The alerts also make clear that child sexual abuse is illegal and give advice on where to get help.

He also said Google had developed technology that allowed illegal videos to be “tagged” so all duplicate copies can be removed across the Web.