Hash List Sees Tech Giants Team Up With IWF To Combat Child Porn

A concentrated effort by the Cambridgeshire-based Internet Watch Foundation and several tech companies could see heavier blows dealt in the war against child pornography thanks to IWF’s Hash List.

Hash List  Sees Tech Giants Team Up With IWF To Combat Child Porn

With cooperation from Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Facebook, and Yahoo, the IWF is making use of new technology that allows for it to find images with questionable material. By reading an image’s hashes or digital fingerprints, Hash List can identify images with offending material and add them to a list with images containing similar material.

If an image is uploaded that was scanned by Hash List prior, it will be prevented from being shared. Furthermore it could also assist in tracking down people who pass on such material.

The role of tech companies mentioned are obvious given that each allows hosting, exchange, and viewing of images and all feature some social element. Since these platforms feature large image pools to search through, Hash List would have a good amount to search through.

There are still some loopholes that Hash List couldn’t plug up such a private forums, torrent sites, and so on, but it’s expected that more IWF members will make use of Hash List in the near future. That means at least child pornography couldn’t slip through those platforms as easily as before.


Starting with Kabir News in 2013, James has focused on tech, gaming, and entertainment. When not writing, he enjoys catching up on sci-fi and horror shows and comics. He can be followed on Twitter @MetalSwift.

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