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Bing introduces pop-up warnings for child abuse searches

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Microsoft's Bing has become the first internet search engine to introduce a warning for UK users attempting to access child abuse material.

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Triggered by a blacklist of search terms compiled by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop), the message will state that accessing child abuse material is illegal, and provide a link to a counselling service.

Microsoft said the notifications are designed "to stop those who may be drifting towards trying to find illegal child abuse content on the web via search engines".

"This is in addition to Microsoft's existing and longstanding policy of removing any verified links to illegal content of this sort from Bing as quickly as possible.

"Microsoft has been, and remains, a strong proponent of proactive action in reasonable and scalable ways by the technology industry in the fight against technology-facilitated child exploitation. We have teams dedicated globally to abuse reporting on our services and the development of new innovations to combat child exploitation more broadly," said company's spokesman.

Prime Minister David Cameron warned internet companies that they needed to do more to stop the proliferation of child abuse imagery or face legal sanctions.

Mr. Cameron has called for stronger warnings for those seeking child abuse material that they faces losing their jobs and access to their children, and has urged search engines to block all access to child abuse images.

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