Tech titan Google has taken some steps to address the easy access to child pornography and other evil content but a watchdog group says there is much more to do to keep the public safe.
Despite addressing some issues, such as removing porn apps from GooglePlay, Google has found itself on the “Dirty Dozen List” compiled by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. That is because National Center was disappointed to learn Google is working on a large-scale encryption program that, according to the watchdog group, will make it harder for law enforcement to track and intercept child exploitation.
“There's still several areas where we're very concerned,” says National Center spokesman Jake Roberson, “about how Google and their products are either exposing children and consumers to dangerous material and/or actively, kind of, serving as a form of advertising for illegal material that is rampant in the pornography industry.”
National Center remains concerned about Google’s role in allowing access to child pornography and to violent adult porn, such as rape-themed content, which today can be easily accessed by children.
Google has addressed some of National Center’s concerns by ending porn ads, expanding its WiFi filtering tools, and improving the visibility of its “SafeSearch” filtering tool for Google Images, but National Center points out The New York Times reported recently that a major porn site, accessed through Google, takes people to footage of a 14-year-old teen girl who was secretly recorded.
Because of real-life, heart-breaking stories such as that one, the watchdog group vows to keep pushing for safer Internet searches and for better screening because Google remains the giant of Internet searches.
“They get more than 90% of search traffic,” Roberson points out.