Child abuse search pop-ups with Microsoft Bing!

30 July 2013

microsoft-logo-retro Microsoft's Bing has become the first search engine to introduce pop-up notifications for people looking for child abuse images. These notifications will alert users to the fact the content they're trying to view is illegal, triggered by search terms that have been blacklisted by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP).

Of course, people looking for child-abuse will know that they're indulging in an illegal activity and will completely ignore these results. That, or it'll help people actively find such content so they won't waste their time looking at anything else.

A Microsoft spokesperson said: "This is in addition to Microsoft’s existing and longstanding policy of removing any verified links to illegal content of this sort from Bing as quickly as possible."

"Microsoft has been, and remains, a strong proponent of proactive action in reasonable and scalable ways by the technology industry in the fight against technology-facilitated child exploitation. We have teams dedicated globally to abuse reporting on our services and the development of new innovations to combat child exploitation more broadly."

Naturally, this comes on the back of the thoroughly pointless posturing from David Cameron who wants to go after anything he deems dodgy, even though he grew up in the '80s, looking up to Margaret Thatcher who just happened to be best chums with Jimmy Savile.

Legally speaking, we're not saying there's a link between the Tories and a ring of high profile child abusers, but y'know, if Cameron wants to drag the BBC through the wringer, maybe he should ask for pop-ups warning people looking at the Conservative Party website, just to be on the safe side.

TOPICS:   Technology

6 comments

  • Kevin
    So do these alerts just come out if you google 'child abuse images'? I'm guessing not so what triggers them then? If Google et al are concerned about this then why not just block the sites that they have obviously already identified?
  • klingelton
    Microsoft bans searches for their user.
  • jt
    I didn't expect it to pop-up when I searched for "fox bumming"
  • fibbingarchie
    Bing's useless! I Bing'd Bing Crosby an' a picture of Fred Astaire came up.
  • Han S.
    This is only on the version of Bing so presumably Microsoft don't give a shit if you're looking for child porn in the rest of the world?
  • Han S.
    ^Should read UK version

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