18 June 2010

US - N.Y. attorney general tackles child porn on social networks

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has spearheaded the creation of a database of "digital fingerprints" to flag child pornography and keep it off social networks. With the hash values of over 8,000 known child-porn images stored in the database, Cuomo hopes its intended clients - social-networking, file-sharing, and photo-storage sites - will start to use it "immediately." Facebook and MySpace have already signed on as partners in the new initiative, and Cuomo's office has sent letters to BlackPlanet, Buzznet, eCrush, Yahoo's Flickr, Flixster, Fotolog, Friendster, Hi5, LiveJournal, MyLife (the rebranded Reunion.com), Google's Orkut, Stickam, and Stardoll encouraging them to start using it as well.