Google's Move To Combat Child Pornography is Corporate Responsibility

When I heard about Google finally taking a greater step towards eradicating child pornography from the Internet I thought…”It’s about time.” Google’s official blog outlines their commitments and the proposed millions being spent to clean up their very large corner of the Internet market is welcomed by the majority of its users. It isn’t that Google hasn’t been trying to do something. It partnered with other tech companies to form the Technology Coalition in 2006 which set out to develop technology that would help end child exploitation. However, more is needed to close a porthole to the worst forms of human exploitation.

The anonymity factor has proved highly attractive to those who wish to peruse the Internet or order porn from the comfort of their home. The internet in particular allowed men who previously would have had very little options to view child pornography to all of a sudden seek and find all the imagery they needed. The pornography industry in general grew to unprecedented levels reaching a wider audience and obtaining an even younger demographic. It goes without saying that the proliferation of pornography on the Internet is astounding but so too is its appearance through cable networks.

Scrolling towards music channels one day I came across the porn channel listings where I was surprised to see titles that specifically used terms like “little girls”, “teens”, and other not so tame words to infer that what you would be watching is underage girls. I couldn’t believe what I was reading. Now, we all know this arm of the industry that includes Playboy and Penthouse would never use underage women, they just want to make watchers believe these are (in their words) ”horny nymphs.” Bull Tweet! It doesn’t matter how they package themselves they all market the same fantasy and for some the fantasy becomes the precursor to reality. Viewership, ratings and money are very powerful things.

The dark underbelly of society has been able to market pornography and use the allure of sex with children to their advantage, with little push back from corporations whose profits are tied to their dirty money. Hiding behind the worst of the worst on the internet and cable is so-called legitimate companies. To combat child pornography one needs to recognize just how pervasive the problem is and the role corporations play in its legitimacy to exist. Besides the fact that Google may have become an unintended platform for the sale of children there are businesses that promote or sell products that sexualize our children. What do we do about that?

The internet, cable stations and retail stores have been accused of becoming a platform for selling children, sexualizing children or fueling a fantasy that our children are fair game for sexual exploitation. The pornography industry itself runs largely unregulated, despite claims to the contrary, and remains committed to satiating the appetite of millions of men across this world who wish to view degrading images of mainly women and children.

Google’s efforts are to be commended but their goal should be adopted across the board with other corporations who have a finger (or a hand) in the pornography industry trough. Children who are exploited are likely to be exploited into their adult years. Pornography unto itself is dependent on the broken spirits of its participants and those participants are seen by the buying public as having little value. Following the thread of those involved, no decent corporate citizen let alone public consumer should be involved with such crimes against humanity.