In a move which some may view as controversial Internet giants Google and Microsoft have vowed to make access to child pornography images online more difficult. Last week investigations led to a child porn ring in Canada and numerous arrests but there have also been many high profile cases which have led to the decision to make porn less accessible online.
In the UK child killers Stuary Hazell and Mark Bridger highlight a growing problem with illegal pronography involving children. Both men prior killing children viewed online porn involving children.
Google and Microsoft's reforms fall short of a ban but will still have an impact. Perhaps 100,000 search terms that lead Internet users to child pornography will now lead to a road to nowhere. Search engines are making changes that will make such search terms meaningless. A warning will also flash up that child pronography is illegal.
That is good news for the many users who often find they are directed to pornographic images accidentally. That will also mean that suspects will not be able to claim their porn hit was accidental either.
In July UK PM David Cameron called on Internet companies Google and Bing to clean up their act. Those two Internet giants account for 95% of search engine traffic online.
The idea is that keyword searched which are obviously designed to locate seedy porn find nothing. Could this move limit child abuse? Will the removal of availablilty online reduce abuse against children?
Organized criminals will find their operations less lucrative online certainly.
In Britain Downing Street said it will be checking the clean up is working.
BBC News report: Child protection experts have warned most images are on hidden networks.
For me it is a good move. I have no interest in such images but in the past, like most Internet users, have found indecent images flashed up, some including kids. At one time that was mainly via Twitter who seem to have tightened up their operations.
As censorship and government intrusion in our lives becomes greater is this latest move a step too far. No, especially not if it protects children from paedophiles online.