Man Arrested For Child Porn, Blames Google For Making It Too Easy To Find

from the well-there's-a-defense dept

It's amazing how little anyone is willing to accept blame these days. They always find someone else to blame for their actions. For an extreme example, a guy in the UK arrested for having more than 16,000 child porn photos is using the unique defense that it's all Google's fault for making it so easy to access the photos. His lawyer noted: "He feels that he would not have committed these offences if this information was not so freely available. He feels if companies like Google did not provide access to such sites, he would not have committed the offences." It's tough to see the court buying that kind of argument.

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    Twinrova, 21 May 2008 @ 4:37am

    Google not at fault?

    My post here is most definitely going to be attacked, but just try to keep in mind it's my opinion. Agree to disagree if you must.

    In college, I wrote a thesis on pedophilia which stemmed from a group discussion in an English class. The TA had asked if a book on how to molest a child by a child molester should be published.

    Of course, everyone in the class but me agreed it should not be. When the TA spotted my lack of agreement, she asked why and I simply responded "What better way to protect your child than by getting into the head of the person most likely to do it. Learn their tricks and teach your child not to fall for them."

    Instantly, the class changed its view. Funny how that works.

    The point here is that Google (et al) is absolutely 100% responsible for failing to take appropriate steps to filter search words related to child pornography.

    Stop and think.

    Does everyone here feel that Google's in the clear here?

    I'm sorry I can't agree it is, especially knowing that child pornography is illegal on a global scale.

    There is absolutely no reason why any search engine should display images from the search text "child porn", "kiddie porn", etc.

    Prove me wrong.

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