Three of technology’s biggest names have joined forces with a UK charity to try and block paedophiles spreading images online.
The IWF is responsible for tracking indecent images of children online and allocating each one with a specific (“Hash”) code – allowing them to identify it.
It then compiles the codes into a so-called “Hash List” that keeps tabs on the horrific images.
Now the organisation has shared its Hash list with the biggest technology companies on the web.
It means that Facebook, Twitter and Google will be able to recognise these pictures and block them from being uploaded onto their services.
“Our Hash List could be a game-changer and really steps up the fight against child sexual abuse images online,” said Susie Hargreaves, chief executive of the IWF.
While explicit images can still be shared on the so-called “darknet”, preventing them from appearing on the likes of Google and Facebook is a step in the right direction.
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