INTERNET GIANT Google's chairman Eric Schmidt has penned an editorial in the Daily Mail newspaper in which he said that Google, with help from Microsoft, is stamping down on online pornography.
Google and other internet firms have been asked to take a hard line on rude, abusive and offensive content on the web, and have been invited to take action by the UK government.
Last week Sky rolled out a filter that parents can use to shut out bad material, and over the weekend Schmidt said his firm is doing more to fight pornography, and doing it better.
Schmidt spoke mostly about removing images of child abuse, saying that such material "highlights the depths to which humanity can sink".
He said that Google is glad to follow the government's lead, and that Google regularly removes bad content and has been assisted by Microsoft.
"We actively remove child sexual abuse imagery from our services and immediately report abuse to the authorities. This evidence is regularly used to prosecute and convict criminals," he said.
"But as David Cameron said in a speech this summer, there's always more that can be done. We've listened, and in the last three months put more than 200 people to work developing new, state of the art technology to tackle the problem."
Cameron apparently was happy to hear the news and yesterday on Twitter he hinted at the Google announcement.
Today he said that it is a step in the right direction. "The battle isn't over," he said, "but search engines are showing responsibility by accepting my challenge to do more to stop child abuse imagery online".
Later, he added, "Today is a major victory in our campaign to keep children safe online." µ
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