Google Announces Commitment to Fight CSA Imagery

Last weekend, Google announced the launch of a major initiative to curb the ever-growing number of child sexual abuse images that appear online. Using the latest technology, Google can not only better detect these images, but also can aid law enforcement organizations in tracking down and prosecuting offenders.

Google has committed $5 million to end online child abuse imagery, and is giving part of its financial support to partners around the globe who are working on the same cause, including the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the Internet Watch Foundation. In 2011, The NCMEC found 17.3 million images and videos of child sexual abuse online—four times more than what they had found in 2007.

Google also announced the establishment of a $2 million Child Protection Technology Fund which will be used to encourage the development of even more effective tools to fight this growing problem.

“We’re in the business of making information widely available, but there’s certain ‘information’ that should never be created or found,” Google announced in its blog on Saturday. “We can do a lot to ensure it’s not available online—and that when people try to share this disgusting content they are caught and prosecuted.”

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