Bing to provide pop-up warnings to child porn hunters in the UK

Microsoft's Bing search engine has introduced a feature in the UK to to warn users found requesting images of child pornography on the Internet.


Microsoft's Bing search engine has introduced a feature in the UK to to warn users found requesting images of child pornography on the Internet. A pop-up notification will caution users that the content they’re looking for is illegal and will provide details of a counselling service.

The Internet giant is working hand-in-hand with the UK police agency and the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) for the pop-up feature. The system will be triggered if words compiled into a blacklist by the CEOP are requested. Microsoft has said that these notifications are aimed "to stop those who may be drifting towards trying to find illegal child abuse content on the web via search engines".

 Bing to provide pop-up warnings to child porn hunters in the UK

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"This is in addition to Microsoft's existing and longstanding policy of removing any verified links to illegal content of this sort from Bing as quickly as possible," a spokesperson or Microsoft told BBC. "Microsoft has been, and remains, a strong proponent of proactive action in reasonable and scalable ways by the technology industry in the fight against technology-facilitated child exploitation. We have teams dedicated globally to abuse reporting on our services and the development of new innovations to combat child exploitation more broadly."

Yahoo, which uses Bing’s technology on its search page, is said to be following the latter’s footsteps and contemplating adding such a feature to its service. Google Search, however, that owns the lion’s share of UK’s search engine market is not thinking of using this pop-up feature. The company has said that it would continue to report material and help experts combat the problem of child pornography, though.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has cracked the whip on pornographic content across the country in the past month and he will actively be seeking out to discuss issues pertaining to curbing child pornography in particular with search engine giants. Cameron has even gone as far as asking Internet companies to block certain search terms to return no results. "There are some searches which are so abhorrent and where there can be no doubt whatsoever about the sick and malevolent intent of the searcher," he said in a speech.


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