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Claire Perry, who is David Cameron's special adviser on 'preventing the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood', has told Daybreak that tackling child abuse images on the internet "is not a question of censorship, but rather common sense."
Google have said they have a "zero tolerance attitude" to child sexual abuse imagery online, after announcing that it will hand out £3m in grants to protection schemes for children.
Culture Secretary Maria Miller will today put pressure on top internet giants and technology organisations to produce plans to combat the spread of child abuse images by the autumn.
- Google has announced that it will hand out £3m in grants to protection schemes, after coming under pressure to act against child abuse images online.
- £1 million of this fund will be given to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), which is responsible for policing criminal content online.
- The additional cash will go towards a Child Protection Technology Fund to help develop tools to combat child abuse images online.
- TalkTalk and BT announced at the weekend that customers trying to view child sex abuse sites would be confronted with a pop-up warning.
- BT has said any of its customers attempting to access images of child sexual abuse will now see a message telling them that the site is blocked and the reason why.
- Under the current system, the site is blocked, but internet users only see an "Error 404" message.
Computing and technology giants, attending a summit today, could be asked to pay more to fund the watchdog responsible for tackling illegal content online, an MP has said.
Technology firms will be asked ensure the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is "a really well-funded and robust group", Tory MP Claire Perry has said.
She said that the four biggest internet service providers (ISPs) had already agreed to implement a one-click filter system by the end of the year, but warned that the Government would be prepared to create new laws to force them to take action in future if necessary.
Representatives from Yahoo!, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Facebook, BT, Sky, Virgin Media, TalkTalk, Vodafone, O2, EE and Three are due to attend the summit.
Leading internet companies will be summoned to a meeting today where they will come under "unrelenting" pressure to do more to tackle child abuse images on the web.
Culture Secretary Maria Miller will tell technology organisations, including Google, Microsoft and Facebook, to produce plans to combat the spread of child abuse images.
Internet firms have already taken some action under pressure from ministers and in the wake of recent high-profile cases of child murder, but Mrs Miller will urge them to go further.
Mark Bridger, who killed April Jones, and Stuart Hazell, murderer of Tia Sharp, were both found to have accessed child and violent pornography and some experts argue there is a clear link between their obsessions and their actions.
Read more: How to report images of child sex abuse
The former head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre Jim Gamble has told ITV News that figures showing a rise in the number of reported child abuse images online was "deeply concerning".
Mr Gamble added that there needed to be greater investment into tackling the situation.
A sex offender who viewed images of child abuse told ITV News Social Affairs Penny Marshall he started looking at the illegal images after watching legal online porn sites. He said:
"Often you are just one click away. I looked at a lot of adult porn and was tempted."
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An ITV News Index poll has revealed that the majority of the public agree there is a link between viewing online abuse images and committing child abuse crimes. The figures show:
- 79% of the public agree that there us a link between viewing online abuse images and crimes committed against children by those viewing images of child abuse
- 71% of those interviewed believe the Government should filter out all pornographic content, unless people specifically opt-in
- 41% of people agree it is impossible for national governments to police availability of child abuse images
- 49% think indecent images of children are more common than they were 5 years ago
- 69% think children in the UK are less safe as a result of the spread of indecent images of children online
Latest ITV News reports
Technology giants and the Government have agreed a new approach to tackling online child abuse images.
A former Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre chief is sceptical about what the summit to tackle child abuse images will achieve.