The amount of child pornography found online by expert analysts is fifteen times greater than a decade ago, according to new figures from the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).
The online security organization said its analysts were facing a “tidal wave” of abusive material.
According to figures from the UK-based IWF, it has taken action against more than 200,000 websites containing child pornography this year.
This is a record amount for the charity and more than fifteen times higher than in 2011, when Chief Executive Officer Susie Hargreaves began her role and took action against just over 13,000 reports of abusive content.
Ms Hargreaves said that while major improvements in detection technology and the hiring of more analysts have uncovered more criminal documents, it remains a growing problem.
âI took over as CEO of the IWF in 2011 and since then we have seen a huge increase in the amount of this harmful and harmful material available for free on the open web. We have more than tripled the number of analysts at IWF during this period, âshe said.
âIn 2014, we had the opportunity to proactively research this game-changing material for us, making us unique among non-law enforcement agencies. But the sad reality is that the problem has outstripped efforts around the world.
“We continue to develop world-class technology that helps us and businesses around the world fight this crime, but it’s the work of our human analysts that really sets IWF apart.”
She added that the figures showed why it was so important for the UK government to put the protection of children on the internet at the center of the Online Safety Bill, its intended regulation for the tech sector.
âOur analysts, every day, hold back a tidal wave of criminal material, preventing it from spreading even further online and preventing criminals from sharing the horrific abuse of innocent children.
âThis is why the role we play in regulating online safety is so important.
“We need to see real action now to stop this increase.”