British PM urges Google to boost fight against child porn

Jun 09, 2013
British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks in London on June 8, 2013. Cameron on Saturday demanded that Google and other search engines do more to rid the Internet of child pornography, warning that lives were being put at risk through the "disgusting" material available online.

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Saturday demanded that Google and other search engines do more to rid the Internet of child pornography, warning that lives were being put at risk through the "disgusting" material available online.

"Internet companies and search engines make their living by trawling and categorising the web. So I call on them to use their extraordinary technical abilities to do more to root out these disgusting images," he said.

Britain's culture minister Maria Miller, whose remit covers Internet safety, has summoned representatives of several online giants including and for talks on June 17, to hear what they are doing to police their content.

There have been two high-profile trials over grisly child sex murders in Britain in recent weeks, and the killers of five-year-old April Jones and 12-year-old Tia Sharp were both found to have searched for child porn online.

Cameron said there were "encouraging signs" that major websites were increasing support for organisations combating child pornography. "But I want more action," he added.

"The time for excuses and blame is over—we must all work together. The safety of our children is at stake—and nothing matters more than that."

Google has insisted that it takes appropriate action to remove illegal and extreme material from its search results.

"Google has a zero-tolerance policy on child sexual abuse images," the search engine says on a Frequently Asked Questions page.

"We prohibit any advertising related to child sexual abuse images. When we become aware of images or child pornography anywhere in our or hosted on our site(s), we remove them and report the incident to the appropriate authorities."

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1 / 5 (3) Jun 09, 2013
But according to the Libertarian party platform, child prostitution and child molestation are victim less crimes and therefor illegitimate and legal behavior if the child is willing.

According to Libertarian doctrine, Prostitution is protected, sacred commerce and children have all of the same fundamental rights as adults, including the right to rent their bodies for the pleasure of others.

3 / 5 (2) Jun 09, 2013
VD, it is the Hezbollah Progressives that want to get rid of age of consent laws. Planned Parenthood has been caught many times covering for pimps of underage children. Hezbollah Progressives have no issues with selective (or even forced) abortions. How many children are sexually abused in our Progressive School system, there usually is at least one news story a week about how some teacher abused a child. What about Hezbollah Progressives such as Clinton, Obama, Kennedy's, Wiener all have either admitted to or been caught, abusing women. For Hezbollah Progressives it is a mark of honor. You cant be a good Hezbollah Progressive leader without abusing women.