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Google, Yahoo, MS and FB block child porn related keywords

Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and Microsoft have started blocking keywords related to child pornography and child sexual violence, reports the Economic Times. This comes just months after the Supreme Court imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on several tech companies for not updating the court about progress made in their plans to control child porn. The keyword block is based on recommendations made by MeitY and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). Now, a search of terms like ‘child sex’, ‘child porn’, ‘rape video’ shows a warning that such content in illegal under Indian laws. There is also a prompt to report it to the MHA’s cybercrime portal, and a Childline helpline. [caption id="attachment_194894" align="aligncenter" width="605"] Search result on Yahoo! India[/caption] [caption id="attachment_194895" align="aligncenter" width="596"] Search result on Google India[/caption] Apart from English, keywords in Hindi and other unspecified languages are also included in the block. In a statement, Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Laureate & Founder - Bachpan Bachao Andolan and Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation, told MediaNama, "We are demanding an international convention against child sex abuse, and online pornography that should be supported by a new global task force—an inter-agency, inter-governmental task force—to combat child trafficking, child pornography, online child pornography, and sexual abuse." The MHA also launched the cybercrime portal only three months ago, and brought in several features to help victims and others report instances of online sexual abuse, rape, gang rape, child abuse, child sexual abuse content anonymously. The lead up to the block In May, the SC had imposed…

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