Child abuse search pop-ups with Microsoft Bing!
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.