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Google and Microsoft agree steps to block abuse images 18 Nov 2013 18:25 #1

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www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24980765

Leading search engine companies Google and Microsoft have agreed measures to make it harder to find child abuse images online.

As many as 100,000 search terms will now return no results that find illegal material, and will trigger warnings that child abuse imagery is illegal.

PM David Cameron has welcomed the move but said it must be delivered or he would bring forward new legislation.

Child protection experts have warned most images are on hidden networks.

In July, Mr Cameron called on Google and Microsoft's Bing - which together account for 95% of search traffic - to do more to prevent people getting access to illegal images.


He said they needed to ensure that searches which were unambiguously aimed at finding illegal images should return no results.

The issue of online images showing the sexual abuse of children has made headlines in recent months after the convictions of Stuart Hazell and Mark Bridger for the murders of Tia Sharp and April Jones.
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Google and Microsoft agree steps to block abuse images 18 Nov 2013 23:12 #2

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They CAN do it, and it would be good if they actually bothered themselves to, at last.

What's been stopping them.......? Child abuse images are SO easily accessed (and often by mistake) that it's scary.
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Google and Microsoft agree steps to block abuse images 19 Nov 2013 01:28 #3

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I'm not into censorship as a rule, but child pornography is an exception.

However what they should really be doing is making more efforts to track down/trace the sicko's who put the stuff up in the first place rather than just taking measures to block people seeing it.
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Google and Microsoft agree steps to block abuse images 19 Nov 2013 04:22 #4

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Humm halligan dyslectic springs to mind! Of course they can do something about it and when they do you can be sure that it's used to their advantage. People screaming out for censorship over the issue of pedo porn will lead to far wider controls of important information, and that's exactly what's coming down the pipe! You won't find pedo porn unless you actively seek it out so it's hardly an issue for normal users is it? Normal porn is easy to control. It can be done by the users if there was a domain policy in place. If all porn sites had to have a .xxx domain for example the router companies could implement a user selectable filter in the admin control panel. The Government's wont take that approach because it puts the control in the hands of the user - while the State want to take control of what the user can access. We are all children in the eyes of the State!

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Google and Microsoft agree steps to block abuse images 20 Nov 2013 00:03 #5

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Looks like microsoft are doing rather the opposite of what they should be with the Xbox one.....

Would you have one of these things?

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Google and Microsoft agree steps to block abuse images 20 Nov 2013 22:20 #6

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Frog wrote:
Humm halligan dyslectic springs to mind! Of course they can do something about it and when they do you can be sure that it's used to their advantage. People screaming out for censorship over the issue of pedo porn will lead to far wider controls of important information, and that's exactly what's coming down the pipe! You won't find pedo porn unless you actively seek it out so it's hardly an issue for normal users is it? Normal porn is easy to control. It can be done by the users if there was a domain policy in place. If all porn sites had to have a .xxx domain for example the router companies could implement a user selectable filter in the admin control panel. The Government's wont take that approach because it puts the control in the hands of the user - while the State want to take control of what the user can access. We are all children in the eyes of the State!

Yeah. I'm kinda suspicious of this kiddie porn obsession that's running at the moment. It's not like it hasn't already had police attention for years and people don't already get arrested for it.
Can't say I've ever stumbled across it myself, despite stumbling across all kinds of other fruity images over the years.
I reckon they're building hysteria in a feeble attempt to gain political kudos for being the saviours of the little children (it's ok if they sentence them to poverty of course) and make people want that upcoming default filter that just happens to filter all kinds of other stuff.
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Google and Microsoft agree steps to block abuse images 20 Nov 2013 22:26 #7

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diamondgeezer wrote:
Looks like microsoft are doing rather the opposite of what they should be with the Xbox one.....

Would you have one of these things?


A lot of people seem to think the PS4 is going to piss all over it.

I'm guessing that penis thing is a comical oversight. Paul Joseph Watson fails to ask himself the obvious question of why on earth Microsoft would intentionally want to capture monochrome images of cocks I doubt anyone would find sexy or interesting.
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