May 13, 2019
Tech giants 'failing' to protect children
The world's largest technology companies have been accused of failing to protect children at risk of sexual abuse, an inquiry has heard. Facebook, Google, Apple, BT and Microsoft will all give evidence to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse over the next 10 days. Alexis Jay, who chairs the inquiry, said it would consider "The adequacy of the response of the internet industry" to the online facilitation of abuse. In 2018, the Internet Watch Foundation had received 105,000 reports of child sexual abuse. William Chapman, representing three victims of online abuse - two of whom are brother and sister - told the inquiry "The largest tech firms are failing" to prevent children at risk of sexual abuse.
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