Google: 'There is more that can be done' to tackle abuse

Google's head of communications in Europe said there is "more that can be done" to prevent child abuse images being accessed online via search engines.

Asked why it had taken Google so long to tackle the child abuse content available, Peter Barron told ITV News social affairs editor Penny Marshall, "We have been working on this for many years".

"We've taken proactive action to identify this material online and remove it and report it, but there is more that can be done", he continued.

"Over the last few months we've had around about 200 people working on this to find new ways to deal with the problem".

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Google to block abuse images

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