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132,000 vile child sex pictures have been wiped from the internet by British-backed research project

THOUSANDS of sick child porn pictures have been taken offline thanks to the success of a British-backed programme.

Project Arachnid has filtered over a billion pages on the web, successfully identifying a staggering 132,000 vile and illegal images of children, nearly all of which have now been removed.

 

 More than a billion website addresses have been searched for child porn

The ground-breaking technology, which was developed by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, instantaneously identifies illegal sexual images on websites, forums and chat rooms and can flag them to authorities.

And now it's being rolled out to social media companies such as Google, Twitter and Facebook too, which will flag and remove indecent content on their platforms.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who is in Washington this week, has been demonstrating the tool to senior figures at the tech giants.

She said: "The support of the technology firms is crucial in the fight against the scourge of online child sex exploitation."

 And now the technology will be rolled out to Facebook, Twitter and Google too

She went on: "The backing of the tech sector for this cause will help ensure we have a global response to this issue."

The British government has invested £600,000 into the initiative since it launched in January.

The news comes after recent figures revealed that child grooming offences in England and Wales have increased by 64 per cent in the last year.

Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4879846/132000-vile-child-sex-pictures-have-been-wiped-from-the-internet-by-british-backed-research-project/

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