Child Porn Images Being Removed More Quickly

The time taken by internet companies to remove child porn images from the web has reduced by more than a half in the past year, a new report has revealed.

The Internet Watch Foundation, a charity that flags web pages that contain child pornography, said in its annual report that broadband providers and websites had started responding to requests made by the charity more quickly and effectively.

During 2010, the charity made requests for removal of a total of 72 web pages containing child porn, hosted within the UK. IWF chief executive Peter Robbins said that offending content from within the UK was removed from web pages in a matter of hours.

According to the report, when the offending page was hosted outside the UK, web hosting companies and internet service providers took an average of 12 days to respond to a complaint made by the charity, far less than the response time of 30 days in 2009.

Robbins said that the reduction in response time was the result of extensive collaboration with oversees authorities and a better understanding of the criminal mind.

“We can pinpoint where the content is hosted, we observe it moving from service provider to service provider and from country to country, we see different payment mechanisms emerging for paid-for content, and we monitor and track the live material until it is removed,” Robbins said.