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90% Of Child Sexual Abuse Imagery Self-Generated

More than 90% of child sexual abuse imagery found on the internet is now self-generated due to coercion or grooming of kids, the charity responsible for finding and removing such material said, as reported by Alex Hern for The Guardian USA.


The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) said that it discovered self-generated child sexual abuse material (CSAM) featuring children under 10 on more than 100,000 webpages in the last year.



The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) said that it discovered self-generated child sexual abuse material (CSAM) featuring children under 10 on more than 100,000 webpages in the last year.


That figure is an increase of 66% from the year before. In total, a record 275,655 webpages were confirmed to contain CSAM, the IWF said, an increase of 8%.


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The new data prompted a renewed attack on end-to-end encryption from the UK government, backed by the IWF.


The rise in imagery discovered and removed is not necessarily problematic, said the charity’s chief executive Susie Hargreaves, as some of the increase could be accounted for by better detection.


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“It does mean we’re detecting more, but I don’t think it’s ever a good thing if you’re finding loads more child sexual abuse,” Hargreaves added.


“Obviously, the IWF would be most successful if we didn’t find any images of child sexual abuse. Our mission is the elimination of child sexual abuse – it’s not just to find as much as possible and take it down.”




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