Globe blocks more URLs and domains promoting child pornography – Manila Bulletin

Globe continues to intensify its campaign against illegal sites disseminating child pornography and online gambling, blocking 11,320 URLs and 502 domains hosting obscene content, as well as 194 illegal gambling domains since the beginning of the year.

Since launching the #MakeITSafePH initiative in 2017, Globe has cracked down on 3,975 domains and 57,785 URLs containing child pornography. Through this advocacy, Globe educates consumers about rampant cases of online child sexual abuse and exploitation (OSAEC) and how they can protect minors from such risks.

Globe has invested over $2.7 million in content filtering systems that block websites and images promoting child pornography, illegal gambling and online piracy.

This is in accordance with Republic Act 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009. The law requires all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) such as Globe to install technology, programs or software to ensure that the Access to or transmission of child pornography will be blocked or filtered.

“Globe is strongly committed to helping tackle child pornography in the country, which has become a troubling societal issue. We actively support government efforts to curb these illegal activities through site blocking and education and awareness campaigns,” said Irish Salandanan-Almeida, Privacy Officer at Globe.

Globe works closely with relevant government agencies, including the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and partner organizations such as the Philippine Chamber of Telecommunications Operators and the ‘UNICEF.

It has also partnered with the UK-based Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) to strengthen child protection online. The IWF provides a safe and anonymous place to report suspected child sexual abuse images and videos they find on the Internet.

Through UNICEF’s SaferKidsPH, Globe also encourages responsible behavior online and promotes the rights and well-being of every child. SaferKidsPH offers the Globe Digital Thumbprint program, an educational program that teaches responsible digital citizenship to students, teachers, parents and internet users.

The Philippines is among the top global sources of OSAEC-rooted content, according to research by the US-based National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).

Globe supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG 9, highlighting the role of infrastructure and innovation as key drivers of economic growth and development. It is committed to respecting the principles of the United Nations Global Compact and to contributing to the 10 United Nations SDGs.

To learn more about Globe, visit www.globe.com.ph.

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