Poll urges online image control

An ITV News/ComRes Poll has revealed that 73% of people want all pornographic content online to be automatically filtered out by their internet provider, with customers having to opt in if they want to view it.

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Cameron 'ready to discuss campaign with April Jones' family'

David Cameron has said that he is ready to meet with the family of April Jones to discuss their campaign.

Speaking earlier today, he said: "My heart absolutely goes out to them for their horrific loss and I would be very happy to meet with them.

"I wasn't able to be in two places at once today, otherwise I would have been helping with that important seminar with the internet companies and other IT companies to make sure they used their expertise, their brains and their brilliance to get these disgusting images off the internet much faster.

"I'm personally committed to making sure we drive action on this agenda and I'm very happy to meet with the parents."

Government meeting with internet firms 'produces a damp squib'

Helen Goodman MP, Labour’s Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Minister, has called the government’s meeting with Internet companies has produced "a damp squib".

Maria Miller’s summit has produced a damp squib.

While splash pages are a welcome step forward, the agreement of just an extra £250,000 a year for four years from the industry for the Internet Watch Foundation is woeful.

The internet service providers are still refusing to put filters on as default for all customers.

Their scheme means there will not be total coverage till 2018 at the earliest and there is no effective age verification. We need proper measures to stop people viewing child abuse hiding in anonymity.

– Helen Goodman MP

73% call for search engines to filter out all pornography

After UK government ministers said today there will be a "fundamental change" in removing online child abuse images, a ComRes / ITV News poll has found that 73% of people believe search engines should filter out all pornographic online content unless people specifically opt in to access it.

ComRes interviewed 2,055 people, and also found that women (81%) were more likely to agree with an opt in policy than men (66%).

  • 72% of those polled think there is a link between viewing online child abuse and crimes committed against children by some of those who view such online content.
  • 77% believe the Government is right to demand more of internet service providers and search engines in the fight against the spread of indecent images of children online.
  • 52% say that they would consider changing their internet service provider if their provider did not sign up to Government plans to limit the spread of indecent images of children online.


April Jones' parents: We'll continue to fight online child abuse

Paul and Coral Jones, the parents of April Jones Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The parents of April Jones have said they want David Cameron to get personally involved in the fight against indecent images of children online.

Speaking to Channel 5 News, Paul and Coral Jones said they want to continue the fight in memory of their daughter.

“I’d like to get David Cameron involved because he could be the ambassador for this fight and we want the whole world to know it’s not just the UK we’re fighting for, it’s everyone" said Coral.

Paul Jones said: "This will be her last fight in death and I hope it will make a legacy for her.

“Tia Sharp’s and April's cases were linked to the internet very closely and they happened within a few months of each other. If these things don't get removed and don't get sorted out, this is just going to escalate, it's going to get worse. It needs to get sorted."

'Fundamental change' in removing child abuse images

The Culture Secretary Maria Miller has said internet companies have agreed a "fundamental change in the approach of the industry to removing child abuse images that are too readily available online."

She told ITV News that the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) would be "actively seeking out those abhorrent images" rather than waiting for such sites to be reported.

Ms Miller said Cabinet members "all take this very seriously and we are working together across departments."

ISPs agree £1m extra funding for 'proactive' web safety

Culture Secretary Maria Miller hosted a Downing Street summit today. Credit: PA

Technology giants and the Government have agreed a new approach to tackling online child abuse images with a beefed-up role for the internet watchdog.

Mrs Miller said ISPs and computing and technology firms had agreed a "fundamental change" to the way the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) works, with the industry-funded body set to adopt a role actively seeking out and blocking child abuse images.

The main UK internet service providers (ISPs) have agreed to provide extra funding for the IWF, understood to amount to £1 million, to help it take on the extra duties.

Under current arrangements the IWF only acts on content that has been reported to it rather than proactively seeking out illegal images.

Global approach 'needed to combat abuse images'

Criminologist Mark Williams-Thomas has told Daybreak that "there needs to be an international approach to tackle child abuse images on the internet."

Mr Williams-Thomas was the man behind the ITV Exposure documentary which originally aired the abuse allegations against disgraced presenter Jimmy Savile.

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