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Mobile phone companies join war on internet child porn

The mobile phone industry will…announce its intention to shut off all access to child pornography on mobile phones that can access the internet…The GSM Association, which represents companies which together provide mobile services to more than 2.6 billion people worldwide, will launch its initiative at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. It has already signed up mobile operators including 3, Orange, Telefónica, T-Mobile and Vodafone, which together serve more than half a billion people worldwide. They have agreed to introduce internet blocking technology to prevent users accessing child pornography and provide help for customers in flagging up potentially harmful content. Marking Europe's fifth annual Safer Internet Day, Telefónica, which owns O2 in the UK, will also announce today that it has launched dedicated child protection websites across all of its European operating businesses. The sites are to promote safer use of mobiles by younger teenagers and children.