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Tuesday 12 November 2019

Cameron accuses internet giants of 'helping' paedophiles

David Cameron
David Cameron

Tim Ross in London

Google and other internet firms are helping to supply illegal images of child abuse to "sick and malevolent" people, British Prime Minister David Cameron (pictured) has said.

Mr Cameron accused the company of making money out of circulating pictures and videos of children being sexually abused.

He warned Google, Bing and Yahoo that they faced being forced by law to ban internet searches for illegal images if they refused to do so voluntarily.

Mr Cameron yesterday said they had a "moral duty" to act because their expertise was "aiding" paedophiles.

He set Google and the other firms a deadline of October when they would be called to Downing Street to produce their plans for "obliterating this disgusting material from the 'net"."

Mr Cameron outlined a series of measures to tackle the threat to children from the internet. For instance, all internet services are to be automatically set to block adult content when they are sold to domestic customers.

A Google spokesman said the company had a "zero tolerance" attitude to child sexual abuse imagery. "We use our own systems and work with child safety experts to find it, remove and report it," he said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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