Google donates £1m to child porn busting IWF ahead of Whitehall summit

Google has donated £1 million to a British child abuse charity after receiving criticism by UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

The money will be paid over four years to the Internet Watch Foundation, which aims to remove pornographic images and video of children online. The charity welcomed the donation as “incredibly generous,” according to News.com.au.

The donation is significantly higher than others and is a big boost over the $20,000 (£12,800) Google gives to the organisation every year - already more than Facebook and Yahoo pay out.

The contribution is likely a response to recent criticism from the UK government. Less than a week ago, on 8 June, Cameron called on search giants like Google to “use their extraordinary technical abilities” to help rid the Internet of images of child abuse.

The move also comes just days before a meeting between culture secretary Maria Miller and top technology firms like Google, Microsoft and Facebook over proposals to tackle the problem of offensive content, including child pornography and hate speech.

“We have a zero-tolerance policy on child sexual abuse content,” said Scott Rubin, director of communications at Google.

He added: “The IWF are essential partners in our fight to rid the internet of this illegal material by providing us with lists of web pages that we block from search results. Our donation should help them do their work more quickly and efficiently.”

The Culture Ministry called the donation “just a first step.”