No criminal justice system in the world could deal with the amount of child abuse images online, says journalist

'No criminal justice system in the world could deal with the amount of child abuse images online', says journalist

Web crawlers search for child abuse images online

Monday, January 30, 2017

No criminal justice system in the world would be able to deal with the vast amount of child abuse images that are online, says journalist. 

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection has launched Project Arachnid, which uses web crawlers to comb the internet for images of child abuse. Once the images are detected, the technology sends the hoster an immediate takedown notice.

Sean O'Neill, chief reporter at The Times, told Julia Hartley-Brewer the problem with this is it's "uncovering a massive quantity of criminality", adding that "there is absolutely no criminal justice system in the world" that could purge all sexually explicit images of children from the internet.

However he says that what victims want most of all is their "image removed" online. "Every time someone views it, they are reliving that abuse." 

Listen to the full interview above