AOL, Yahoo, and Microsoft collect kiddie porn

Five Internet giants are pooling their resources to create the largest child porn library on Earth.

AOL, Yahoo, Microsoft, Earthlink, and the owner of NetZero and Juno pledged $1 million toward building the database — to hunt out child porn among their users. AOL, for example, plans to scan e-mails for child porn. If they find a match, they'll report the user to the authorities without a warning.

By the way, AOL's researching ways to do this with Instant Messenger.

There are four guaranteed outcomes here:

  • These four companies are about to get some padded resumes from sex offenders.
  • If the program works, the danger of owning recognizable images will create a demand for fresh kiddie porn.
  • If the Fed ever needs to shut down half the Internet, it can just arrest these companies for possession.
  • Biggest. Hacker bait. Ever.

Top Internet Providers Hope to Combat Child Porn With Image Database [Fox News]