Google to battle child porn with new industry-wide image blocking tool

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Google is working on a new plan that would help to wipe child porn from the web. The upcoming technology will allow websites, law enforcement agencies, and charities to build a collective database of abusive imagery that should be hidden and removed, according to The Telegraph, which has been briefed on the plan. These groups have already been identifying and blocking abusive content individually, but so far there’s been no easy way for each group’s knowledge to be shared. Google’s new plan simply creates an open database, allowing any group to easily contribute its findings.

The plan comes on the heels of recent pressure by British politicians for Google and other search engines to step up their filtering. Earlier this week, UK Prime…

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