Google must fight spread of online child abuse images

The Guardian 9 June 2013
David Cameron has demanded Google and other web giants do more to rid the internet of child abuse images, warning that lives are being put at risk.

The prime minister said he was sickened by the material available online and told web search firms to stop making excuses.

The companies have been summoned to a “council of war” with the culture secretary, Maria Miller, and Cameron’s adviser on the issue – the Tory MP Claire Perry – on 17 June.

Research by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) has suggested that more than half of those who view child abuse images go on to commit abuse themselves.

Mark Bridger, who was convicted last month of the murder of five-year-old April Jones, was found to have a cache of 65 criminal abuse images.

Cameron said: “I am sickened by the proliferation of child pornography. It pollutes the internet, twists minds and is quite simply a danger to children.