(TELEGRAPH) — Google, the internet giant, is to create a global database of child abuse images – which it will share with its rival companies – in a bid to eradicate child pornography from the web.

The company disclosed to The Telegraph that its engineers are working on new technology which will, for the first time, allow internet search engines and other web firms to swap information about images of children being raped and abused.

The new database, which is expected to be operational within a year, will allow child porn images which have already been “flagged” by child protection organisations such as the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) to be wiped from the web in one fell swoop.

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