Internet Giants Join Hands To Fight Child Abuse Through Hash List

Posted: Aug 11 2015, 7:55am CDT | by , in Technology News


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Internet Giants Join Hands to Fight Child Abuse Through Hash List
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  • Web giants join hands with IWF to remove child pornography from the internet.

Google, Facebook and Twitter have collaborated with the British charity. Together they will remove millions of indecent child images.

In a landmark move Google, Facebook and Twitter have decided to fight against child pornography. The web giants will collaborate with IWF, the Internet Watch Foundation.

IWF is a UK based anti-abuse organisation. IWF will share lists of indecent images with the web giants. The images will be shared by way of hash codes.

Hash codes are unique codes which are sort of like the address of images on the internet. Hash codes are like digital finger prints. IWF will identify and allocate the pictures with hash codes.

The photo tagging system can then be used by sites such as Google, Facebook and Twitter. The sites will removes all pictures associated with the particular hash codes. Thus removing indecent photographs of children from the internet.

According to IWF the use of hash codes could be a game changer in the fight against paedophiles. Google, Facebook and Twitter will also help in preventing any pornographic images to be uploaded. The upload will be stopped on their sites through the hash codes.

Many security firms and specialists have called the move by IWF a positive step. But some security analysts believe the step by IWF will not be enough to combat child pornography. The content on ‘Darknet’ would still not be blocked. Darknet are restricted networks where child abusers often post images.

Even the Prime Minister of UK David Cameron has commented on elimination of Darknet. According to Cameron experts and crime specialists are working on tackling child abuse images.

IWF CEO Susie Hargreaves said: “The IWF Hash List could be a game-changer and really steps up the fight against child sexual abuse images online.

“This is something we have worked on with our Members since the Prime Ministers’ #WePROTECT summit last December. We’ll soon be able to offer the hash list to all IWF Members, who are based around the world.

“It means victims’ images can be identified and removed more quickly, and we can prevent known child sexual abuse images from being uploaded to the internet in the first place.”

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