Google is building a new system that will allow Internet search engines and web firms to help eradicate images where children are being abused by simply swapping information about this type of online content.The database is expected to be operational in a year and will allow images that have been flagged by child protection organizations to be wiped from the web, The Telegraph reports.
The company is also setting up a $2 million (€1.5 million) fund, which will be made available to independent child protection experts that will help aid this effort.
The U.K. prime minister previously said that he was “sickened” by some material that was available online and urged companies to take a stand against such abuses.
“We are creating an industry-wide global database of ‘hashed’ images to help all technology companies find these images, wherever they might be. They will be blocked and reported,” Google’s spokesman said.
Google’s efforts against illegal adult content are nothing new, however. The company’s chief legal officer, David Drummond, said that they had been using “hashing” technology to tag known child abuse images since 2008.