Until now, anyone accused of taking nude photos of children was rid of their Google account in a flash. Since in many cases there is no malicious intent behind it, Google now wants to make it easier to prove his innocence and save his account.
Incriminated persons can explain themselves from now on
To combat child abuse, Google uses a rigorous scan when evaluating uploaded videos. If this detects nude recordings of children, this leads in some cases to an account block. However, in many cases this is not child abuse at all. This is a big nuisance for innocent account holders. Apparently, the search engine giant is also aware of this. As the search engine giant has explained to the New York Times, one would now like to give those affected the chance to comment on the accusations. Anyone who can explain in a comprehensible way what is really happening in the picture should be able to escape a block from now on.
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Google relies on strict scanning technique
What consequences the previous approach of Google can also have for blameless citizens, make immediately several examples from the USA clear. For example, two fathers were asked by their doctor to take pictures of their children’s private parts. Since the IT group not only examines the images it has stored as part of its scans, but also has access to the content of other tech companies, such recordings are quickly discovered. The accusations against the two fathers had neither hand nor foot. That is why the police did not initiate an investigation. Google seems to see this incident differently. After all, the accounts of the two men are still blocked.
The consequences are fatal. After all, our current data collection is dominated by the cloud. If access to the Google account or, for example, also the iCloud, the counterpart of Apple, is denied, it represents a fiasco. Not only does one no longer have access to one’s own media. Important other files that are stored in the cloud can also no longer be accessed. The same applies to the email account. Of course, it is important that Google takes tough action against suspected child abuse. However, it is also important that the accused are given the opportunity to justify themselves. It is therefore all the more pleasing that the tech company wants to revise its procedures in this regard. However, the extent to which Google now wants to act in the case of contradictions is still up in the air.