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Google and Microsoft team up to block child porn

Monday, November 18, 2013

Silicon Valley tech titans are teaming up to fight the growing problem of child sexual abuse on the internet.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt says that his company has teamed up with Microsoft to develop state-of-the-art technology to tackle the problem. Schmidt said Google has put more than 200 people to work on the issue in the past three months. Google is fine-tuning search to prevent links to child sexual abuse material from appearing in results. Google is also showing warnings at the top of search results for more than 13,000 queries -- making it clear that child sexual abuse is illegal and offering advice on where to get help.

Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said the county's sex crime tax force has arrested ten people for child pornography this year and often that is just the beginning of their investigation.

"The Mayo Clinic did a study and it shows that 76 percent of the people who view child pornography have also molested a child. So often when we are doing child pornography cases, we very often find victims," said Sheriff Smith.

Google is testing a new technology to identify illegal pictures when they appear on their systems. When they are identified, they are tagged with a unique digital fingerprint and all copies are immediately removed from the web.

Sheriff Smith is going to reach out to Google to see how her department can team-up to stop child porn.

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