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Child pornography: Google declines but Bing, Yahoo launch anti-Pedophilia UK search alerts

July 30, 2013 at 3:30 am | News Desk

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British internet users searching for child pornography will now receive pop-up warnings on Bing and Yahoo, a report said.

Users searching for keywords tied to child porn, whether in images or text, will be fed pop-up messages telling them child abuse is illegal and containing numbers for counselors.

However, Google has declined to add the alerts, which look a bit like those that appear on malware-ridden sites. But Google is also heavily involved in anti-trafficking efforts.

A Microsoft spokesperson told The Independent, “If someone in the UK tries to use search terms on Bing which can only indicate they are looking for illegal child abuse content, they will activate the Bing Notification Platform which will produce an on-screen notification telling them that child abuse content is illegal. The notification will also contain a link to Stopitnow.org who will be able to provide them with counselling.”

The move is part of a campaign by Prime Minister David Cameron to crack down on the Internet’s seamier corners.

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