Microsoft cracks down on Bing searches for child porn in the U.K.

By Shawn Knight
Jul 30, 2013
Post New Reply
  1. Microsoft has rolled out a new Bing feature that will alert users via pop-up message when they are attempting to search for images related to “illegal child abuse.” The warnings, which cross reference queries against a predefined blacklist of child...

    Read more
  2. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,898   +613

    Since when has saying something is illegal ever deterred anyone? They should say how disturbed you are and that the authorities have been notified (even if they haven't).
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,253   +531

    If companies & their search engines are aware of some of these sites why do they display the link at all instead of just displaying a warning?
  4. davislane1

    davislane1 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 876   +290

    A better solution would be to show a popup box displaying the flagged search and the location of the originating IP address. "This is what you searched and here's where you are" is a more intimidating warning than "this is illegal; seek help".
    H3llion likes this.
  5. treetops

    treetops TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,574   +41

    Uh every day, if it wasn't illegal I would smack anyone who said something stupid.
    m4a4 likes this.
  6. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,898   +613

    The proverbial 'slippery slope'. If you censor the internet for even one thing then it opens the door to censor it for other things.
  7. what is "child abuse" and websites related?
    if you asks Americans they say anything under 18 and the definition says there does not need to be nudity only a level of sexuality displayed in the content and by their laws and definitions its child porn and child abuse ​
    you can find teens under 18 and over 16 posting sexual content as normal social behavior on any social platform currently even one like tumblr that is top 10 in us and has hundreds of millions of users and is full of real industry pornography teen are exposed to and along side post their own content that is not pornography just social content without any personal gain in $$$
    only one that gains from the content are the social platforms they turn the content and teens to pornography via the platform ​
  8. Norgi

    Norgi Newcomer, in training

    Seriously ? Do they think showing a popup that childporn is illegal is gonna help anything in "The War against online child pornograhpy" /scary buzzwords. The only thing it does is annoying the random student that has to write an essay about child abuse (hence searching for the words "child porn" or similar should not be actually illegal)

    And they know it doesn't do ****, It is just an excuse to start another way to censor the web, Of course Joe Average may think over it twice if they one day get a popup saying "Using an VPN is illegal" or later "Watching *Insert random independent news site/podcast* is illegal, please only use trusted networks like Fox News"


Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...
Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.