Google, Microsoft Agree to Block Child Abuse Images

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    Two search engine giants are making a major effort to stop the spread of child abuse images online.

    Google and Microsoft are using new picture detection technology to stop the searches. The companies, which make up 95 percent of all search traffic online, say at least 100,000 search terms generated illegal images.

    The companies say those searches will now return a warning while blocking the results. The restrictions will be expanded to include more than 150 languages over the next six months, the Daily Mail reported.

    Google executives say they're also testing out a new way to identify child abuse videos. According to CNET.com, YouTube engineers plan to share the technology with other Internet companies and child protection agencies.