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April’s family welcome abuse images block

Published date: 22 November 2013 |
Published by: Naomi Penrose 
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The family of April Jones have welcomed a move by two leading internet companies to block child abuse image searches. 

THE family of April Jones have welcomed a move by two leading internet companies to block child abuse image searches.

On Monday Google and Microsoft agreed measures to make it harder to find child abuse images online.

The two companies account for 95 per cent of the internet’s search traffic.

This move will mean as many as 100,000 search terms will now return no results for illegal material, and will trigger warnings that child abuse imagery is illegal.

April’s parents, Coral and Paul Jones, of Machynlleth, launched a campaign to rid the internet of child abuse images.

Mark Bridger, who will spend the rest of his life in prison for the murder of their five-year-old daughter April last October, viewed images of an extreme sexual nature on his computer on the day of April’s disappearance.

Coral and Paul told the County Times they are glad the companies have agreed these measures, but say more needs to be done to tackle those who actually upload the images on to the internet.

Coral said: “It’s brilliant to get this rolling but we do need more fight. It’s the people putting those images on the net that need to be stopped.

“What Google and Microsoft have agreed is brilliant but it’s taken the death of my little girl for it to come to this.”

Coral has also praised Prime Minister David Cameron who called on Google and Microsoft’s Bing to do more to prevent people getting access to illegal images.

After Bridger was convicted of April’s murder, Coral and Paul met with the parents of murdered 12-year-old Tia Sharp and the PM to demand the Government do more to crackdown on “vile” internet child abuse.

Coral said she would also like to meet with Google and Microsoft for them to hear her and her family’s ideas.

Paul said that what has been done is fantastic but it needs to be monitored and updated as time goes on.

He said: “It won’t stop the paedophiles, those that cause the murders and rapes, so I do think additionally a taskforce needs to be set up that is dedicated to working with those people, so they can be tracked down and stopped as soon as possible.

“It will be interesting to see how many arrests will be made as a result of this in the next 12 months.”

April’s sister, Jazmin, told the County Times she thinks if this was put in place sooner April could have been saved.

She said: “What’s been done is really good and those companies should never have allowed such images to be up there, but they are only partially to blame. It’s those who upload the images who are to blame.”

The restrictions will be launched in the UK first, before being expanded to other English speaking countries and then into 158 other languages within the next six months.

Montgomeryshire MP Glyn Davies and AM Russell George have also welcomed the measures.

Mr George said: “Google and Microsoft have stepped up to the plate to meet the challenge and I hope other companies will come forward and do their bit to stamp out this material which is corrupting society and putting children’s lives at risk.”

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