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.
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.
The volume of images of child abuse may have grown slowly, but their numbers now represent a change of a horrifying nature.