Google donates $5 million to fight online child pornography
41 Action News Staff
5:17 PM, Jun 17, 2013
7:52 PM, Jun 17, 2013
Google is working to get rid of online child pornography.
The tech giant is planning to spend $5 million to wipe pictures of child sexual abuse from the web.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says its tip line received more than 17 million images and videos of suspected child abuse in 2011.
According to the FBI, any crime that involves the exploitation of children is in the bureau's top priorities.
Kansas City FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said the convenience of instant and constant communication provided by technology also makes it easy for predators to find victims.
"Once that image is taken, it is continually traded online amongst these online predators," Patton said. "So not only is that child being exploited during the production of that image -- that child is continuing to be victimized for as long as that image is traded online.
Part of Google's $5 million will go to established child-protection groups such as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Google also said it plans to devote another $2 million to researching ways of finding, reporting and erasing child porn images.