MANILA, PHILIPPINES — As part of its ongoing effort against illegal websites, Globe Telecom Inc. has blacklisted over 12,000 illicit URLs and domains.
Since the beginning of the year, Globe has blocked 11,320 URLs and 502 domains carrying sexual content, as well as 194 domains advertising illicit gambling.
“Globe has invested over $2.7 million in content filtering systems that block websites and imagery that promote child pornography, illegal gambling, and online piracy,” Globe stated.
“We are committed to helping address child pornography, which has become a troubling societal issue. We support government efforts to curtail these illegal activities through site blocking, education and awareness campaigns,” Globe chief privacy officer Irish Salandanan-Almeida said.
The company is collaborating with government authorities like the Department of Information and Communications Technology and the Department of Justice, as well as other partners like the Philippine Chamber of Telecommunications Operators and UNICEF.
Its approach is in compliance with Republic Act 9775, also known as the Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009, which requires all internet service providers, including Globe, to implement technologies, procedures, or software to prevent access to or transmission of child pornography.
In 2017, Globe started the Make It Safe Initiative. Since then, 3,975 domains and 57,785 URLs promoting child pornography have been blocked.
Globe has also partnered with the UK-based Internet Watch Foundation to improve children’s online safety.
The Philippines is one of the world’s major providers of content connected to online sexual abuse and exploitation of minors, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in the United States. – WhatALife! / Francis