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Europe overtakes North America as child abuse imagery hub

Posted by Babatunde Onabajo on Thursday, April 6th, 2017 at 15:18

Recent findings by the Internet Watch Foundation in their annual report shows that Europe has overtaken North America as hosting the most child abuse imagery worldwide. 

Europe overtakes North America as child abuse imagery hub

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) – an organisation founded in 1996 to remove child abuse content from the internet – finds in their latest report published on April 3rd 2017 that Europe now hosts more child abuse content online than North America. In 2015, Europe hosted 41% of child abuse imagery content online, but that has since increased to 60% of all child abuse imagery content worldwide. This contrasts with North America, which hosted around 57% of all such material in 2015 but saw a steep decline in 2016 to 37%. The Netherlands hosted the most amount of child sexual abuse content, a position that had formerly been occupied by the United States. In their report, both Russia and Turkey are included in the definition of Europe.


The IWF found that the United Kingdom continues to host only 0.1% of all the child abuse imagery they discovered. This was achieved partly as a result of the rapid removal rate in the UK - with all such content being removed within two days, and more than half of it within two hours.


Susie Hargreaves, chief executive of the IWF, said: “The situation is reversed from previous years”. She went on to add that, “Europe is now the biggest host of child sexual abuse imagery, rather than North America.”


The report can be read here

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