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Internet Watch Foundation Launch New Podcast – Messaging Apps and Child Sexual Abuse

Date: Thursday, 29th Jun 2023 | Category: General

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has released a new podcast episode on messaging apps and child sexual abuse. The episode focuses on the potential introduction of end-to-end encryption to messaging applications and looks at how this could hinder the detection and removal of child sexual abuse material from the internet.

Speaking on the podcast, Dan Sexton, Chief Technical Officer at the IWF, said: “It is very concerning for the IWF. Our mission, our vision, is a safer internet for all, and that the internet is free of child sexual abuse material.

He added: “When a child reports content of themselves to us, we want to be able to say to those children, to those victims, that their content will be found, and it will be blocked across the internet. Right now, we can’t do that with end-to-end encrypted services. That is very concerning for us, and very concerning for those children.”

Listen to the podcast: IWF podcast warns introducing end-to-end encryption to messaging apps could hinder detection of child sexual abuse imagery