IWF Records Significant Fall in Child Porn Websites Number

According to a recent report published by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), there has been a significant reduction in number of websites on the Internet which contain child abuse related content.

In its annual report for 2008, IWF has stated that around 10 percent drop has been noticed in websites which offer content featuring child abuse and it credits itself and law enforcement agencies for the same.

The report also mentions that nearly 74 percent of existing websites featuring child abuse related material were commercial in nature even though it has been able to close down many commercial sites.

In addition the report points out that close to 69 percent of such sites feature children younger than 10 years and such gross availability of illegal material is quite harmful for the society.

One of the major concerns that people has expressed relates to proliferation of illegal content on P2P sites and private networks and IWF failure to do counter it.

A spokeswoman from IWF while admitting that critics do have a point said in a statement that “Our primary concern alongside reducing the availability of indecent material, is to reduce the likelihood of individuals stumbling across it by accident. In this we are succeeding”

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Our Comments

These websites are very much likely to appear and disappear very quickly. Furthermore, many of them have gone underground and are likely to be shared through alternative platforms like Shareaza or Newsgroups. Another growing trend which has been expanding thanks to the popularity of MMS and smartphones is picture sharing.

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