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PLDT Group blocks over 1B access attempts, 224K child abuse links

Industry giant PLDT said on Sunday it continues to strengthen its fight against child abuse, blocking more than one billion access attempts and 224,000 links hosting explicit content involving minors.
PLDT Group blocks over 1B access attempts, 224K child abuse links
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PLDT blocks more URLs promoting child pornography

PLDT Chief Information Security Advisor Angel Redoble said the figures show the group's commitment to protecting children against online sexual abuse and exploitation.

PLDT, together with its wireless arm Smart Communications, invested PHP 2 billion to boost its cybersecurity operations and launch a dedicated Child Protection Platform, allowing it to detect, predict, respond, and prevent access to online child sexual abuse materials.

Seeing such significant results, we are all the more encouraged to constantly keep abreast with global best practices and forge more alliances to further enhance our infrastructure for customer safety and solutions for child protection, Redoble said.

Its main rival Globe Telecom, meanwhile, said earlier this month that it also blocked 11,320 URLs and 502 domains hosting lewd content, as well as 194 domains of illegal gambling since the start of the year.

Since the launch of the #MakeITSafePH initiative in 2017, Globe has clamped down on 3,975 domains and 57,785 URLs featuring child pornography.

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