Google puts $7M into fighting child porn, abuse

Goal is to eradicate child pornography from the Internet

Google said it's spending $5 million to wipe images of child abuse off the Internet and another $2 million to create tools to find the images and eradicate them.

"We're in the business of making information widely available, but there's certain 'information' that should never be created or found," wrote Jacquelline Fuller, director of Google Giving, in a blog post. "We can do a lot to ensure it's not available online and that when people try to share this disgusting content they are caught and prosecuted."

Google announced that it is renewing its efforts to fight child pornography and child sexual abuse.

The company noted that in 2011, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children reviewed 17.3 million images and videos of suspected child sexual abuse. That was four times more than what they saw just four years earlier. More than half of the images and videos sent to the center for analysis had been uploaded to U.S. servers from outside the country, Fuller said.

"And the number is still growing," wrote Fuller. "Behind these images are real, vulnerable kids who are sexually victimized and victimized further through the distribution of their images ... It is critical that we take action as a community -- as concerned parents, guardians, teachers and companies -- to help combat this problem."

Google, along with other tech companies, joined the Technology Coalition in 2006 to fight child exploitation. Since then, Google has provided software and hardware to organizations around the world fighting child sexual abuse and working to find missing children. It is also working on a database of child sexual abuse images to help companies, agencies and law enforcement detect and remove these images from the Internet.

The company's new $5 million round of funding will go to organizations like the NCMEC and the Internet Watch Foundation. Its $2 million donation will go into Google's Child Protection Technology Fund.

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