Google : modification of Internet searches to exclude more child pornography

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Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has announced plans to censor search results that could direct users to child pornography, responding to pressure from British authorities.

This Sunday, in a column published in the Daily Mail newspaper, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said that British users will see a warning at the top of the search results page when they look for  child pornography on Google.

Users using 100,000 search terms and phrases will no longer receive content related to the sexual abuse of kids on the companies’ applying to 150 languages, and a further 13,000 queries will carry warnings, Google and Microsoft said. A “digital fingerprint” will block obscene videos and any duplicates.

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The efforts come after a major push from British politicians to impose stricter limits on Internet pornography. British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative-led government pushed for a crackdown on Internet pornography after the rape and deaths of two young girls at the hands of men believed to be addicted to child pornography. “We hope that the technologies developed (and shared) by our industry will make a real difference in the fight against this terrible crime,” said Schmidt.

 

Emilie Lesur, IEJ 3F1

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