The facts about Google's block on child pornography searches

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Finally, the powerhouse search engine has revealed plans to block criminal activity...

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Google has made its first serious stride to detect and block all searches related to child pornography on the internet.

Google chief Eric Schmidt has taken note of pressure from government and the Daily Mail and has created a task force of 200 people to tackle the problem.

If you want to know what Google is doing to protect vulnerable children and block certain websites, take a look at our fact sheet below...

1. Illegal videos will be 'tagged': The new software created by Google will actively remove child sexual abuse images from searches and will 'tag' videos that break the law.

2. Searches have been altered, changed and cleaned-up: 100,000 questionable search terms (and the results of those searches) have been cleaned-up to remove any and all content related to child sexual abuse.

3. It's a worldwide change: The updates will be rolled out across the world in more than 150 languages.

4. Visible warnings: More than 13,000 Google search terms will cause an instant warning to appear at the top of the search results, a bit like the one below...

Google new warning system - illegal sexual abuse images ban and block - life news - gadgets - handbag


5. Users can raise the alarm: Links to where to seek help for horrible images and videos will be more accessible online. It's difficult to detect some sex abuse imagery, so Google has introduced a system to review images, mark them as illegal and give them their own digital fingerprint.

6. Google is using Microsoft's picture detection technology: All pictures with a digital fingerprint will be easily identifiable on Google's search engines, effectively blocking them.

7. YouTube is part of the plan: Engineers at YouTube will be scanning videos and using their brand new technology to identify dangerous links.

8. Google is on a serious mission: They're going to send engineers to both the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) here in Britain and the US National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).

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