Broadband providers tackle online child abuse

As government pressure over inappropriate images online - both legal and illegal - increases, the UK’s biggest broadband providers drum up some extra cash to help deal with the issue.

The biggest broadband providers in the UK have committed £1million more to help control access to images of child abuse online.

BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media are collectively allocating the funding to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) - an industry-funded service that monitors dangerous or criminal material on the net.

The providers plan to review the IWF's activities, and find ways to make it more effective.

Broadband providers are under increased pressure to take action to restrict the availability of both images of child abuse and pornography.

Earlier this month, culture minister Maria Miller met with broadband providers and leading internet companies like Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Twitter to discuss controlling access to disturbing images online. Miller insisted more must be done to restrict access.

According to a report from science and technology magazine Wired, broadband providers will soon be forced to offer parental control filters to restrict adult images by default.

Claire Perry MP - a special advisor to David Cameron and staunch campaigner against online pornography - has said that by the end of 2013, mandatory parental controls will be switched on, with users wanting access to adult content required to opt out of them.

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