Microsoft today launched a warning message which will flash up at users who attempt to search for illegal child abuse content on the Bing search engine.
Due to the unique and sensitive nature of child abuse and child exploitation, Microsoft has been, and remains, a strong proponent of proactive action in reasonable and scalable ways by the technology industry in the fight against technology-facilitated child exploitation.
The Bing Notification Platform is just one way in which Microsoft is working to tackle the scourge of online child abuse content.
Microsoft has today launched a pop-up warning on its Bing search engine which will flash up when users attempt to look for “illegal child abuse content”.
A Microsoft spokesperson told ITV News: “Microsoft has developed and recently introduced in the UK the Bing Notification Platform to stop those who may be drifting towards trying to find illegal child abuse content on the web via search engines.”
They added: “If someone in the UK tries to use search terms on Bing which can only indicate they are looking for illegal child abuse content, they will activate the Bing Notification Platform which will produce an on-screen notification telling them that child abuse content is illegal.”
If people click on the ‘help and advice’ button, they will be redirected to the Stopitnow.org website which provides counselling services.