Google Has 200 Staffers Working to Fight Child Pornogaphy Online

Search company’s CEO says it will do more to battle scourge

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Bobby Yip / Reuters

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt speaks during a talk titled "Connecting with the World: Empowering Young Entrepreneurs for the New Digital Age" at the Chinese University of Hong Kong November 4, 2013.

Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt is marshaling the company’s resources to help eliminate the presence of child pornography on the Internet.

According to an an article he wrote for the U.K.’s Daily Mail on Monday, Schmidt says the company has more than 200 people working to develop “new, state-of-the-art technology” to combat the problem.

The new technology includes additional warnings that will be posted on search engine results, digital fingerprints that will be stamped on illegal images and programs that flag illicit videos. Google is also planning to provide technical support to the U.K.’s Internet Watch Foundation and the U.S. National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Schmidt’s article comes after a Canadian investigation led to one of the largest child pornography busts in history. Hundreds of alleged sexual predators were arrested globally as a result and nearly 400 children were rescued from abusive circumstances.

[Daily Mail]

9 comments
vg
vg

Isnt Larry Page Google's CEO?

zgirls
zgirls

Z Girls understands that no algorithm is perfect, and that images of child pornography are a much more grave offense than our complaint, but we strongly believe that Google is NOT doing enough to filter offensive search results. Z Girls is an organization that teaches girls positive body-image, yet when people search "z girls," Google produces an image of a topless woman and a soft porn video. A search for "topless women" doesn't even produce an image of a topless woman, yet a search for a female-empowerment organization produces an image of a topless woman? Not classy Google. More stringent filters are still highly necessary. 

Tiger-Pi
Tiger-Pi

Good work GOOGLE. Block all porn sites.  A ll search engines must join in. But  all nations too must  join in and stop not only child pornography but  all such material being uploaded by criminals onto the Web. What will an alien think of us if he/she watched this muck  that we broadcast into the cosmos? They will possibly want to eliminate all humanity!

Tiger-Pi
Tiger-Pi

Good work GOOGLE. Block all porn sites.  



dafox
dafox

This would perhaps be a valiant effort if this were a problem in the first place. Nobody looks for child porn on Google. This is clearly a ploy to bury the recent negative press about Google.

allaoui14
allaoui14

the only way to sovle this kind problem is to stope the production industry pornography 

Anna888
Anna888

@dafox stil, it's a step in a right direction. If every search engine made similar efforts, maybe there wouldn't be any child porn to look at online. 

JoshKirschner
JoshKirschner

@Anna888 @dafox Unfortunately, it's not a step in the right direction because it won't have any impact. As dafox says, pedophiles exchange information through private groups/forums and hosting sites. You would have to be a complete idiot to put child porn on sites that are scanned by search engines. I don't think the is a ploy by Google to bury negative press, I think it's a ploy by the Daily Mail and the UK government to create positive press, where it is not warranted, for making progress against this issue. More effort instead should be put towards actual law enforcement.