Today, Five Country partners have launched a set of Voluntary Principles for how tech firms can keep children and young people safe online.
Five Country partners are devoted to giving children the online freedom and security they deserve. The Five Country partners are made up of the governments of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA.
At an event at the U.S. Department of Justice, the Voluntary Principles to Counter Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse were formally launched. They are a set of 11 actions tech firms should take to ensure children are not sexually exploited on their platforms.
These 11 principles are split into six different categories:
Among these companies to endorse the principles were Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Snapchat and Roblox.
The government will launch a first-of-its-kind Child Sexual Abuse Strategy, which will set out an ambitious range of cross-government activity to lock down on offenders, safeguard children and support victims. Recently, the government also announced £30m extra funding for law enforcement to help them tackle online child sexual exploitation and abuse (CSEA).
Home Secretary Priti Patel said:
“It is truly horrific that thousands of sick paedophiles are preying on vulnerable children from across the world. This scandal requires our global partners to work together, and these principles provide a blueprint for delivering just that.
“I want this landmark collaboration across borders and sectors to define a stronger, new, united approach.”
Further measures have included:
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