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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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]