MICROSOFT’S Bing search engine has been outed as a haven for paedos after an investigation found the tool openly showed illegal child abuse images.
But the Google rival didn’t stop there, suggesting sickos enter other twisted search phrases that led to even more child abuse pictures.
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Microsoft swiftly fixed the issue after it was hit by a tirade of abuse for failing to properly police Bing, which deals with as many as 300million searches every day.
Researchers at online safety group AntiToxin found that illegal photos of under-age boys and girls were displayed on image results using simple search terms.
When they searched for children and Omegle, a free kids-friendly site for video chats, Bing showed abusive photos of minors.
But it also cropped up depraved search suggestions, such as “kids live video chat”, “omegle girls only kids” and “how to find kids on omegle”.
AntiToxin was commissioned by TechCrunch to carry out the investigation, under supervision of legal counsel and authorities.
Microsoft said it has removed the offending content.
“Clearly these results were unacceptable under our standards and policies, and we appreciate TechCrunch making us aware,” said Jordi Ribas, corporate vice president for Bing & AI products.
“We acted immediately to remove them, but we also want to prevent any other similar violations in the future. We’re focused on learning from this so we can make any other improvements needed.”
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Child protection charity NSPCC wants the Government to set up an independent regulator to prevent paedos sharing child abuse images through the web’s biggest sites.
“It is shocking that as law enforcement agencies are working hard to stop child abuse images being shared online, these images are readily appearing in Bing search results, with the search engine’s algorithms even recommending more,” said Andy Burrows, the NSPCC’s associate head of child safety online.
“The NSPCC’s Wild West Web campaign has been calling on government to create an independent regulator to force tech companies to protect children and stop such material being shared, and to make them accountable when they fail to do so.”
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