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New Delhi July 14, 2017: The Central government on Friday informed the Supreme Court that it last month it has blocked more than 3,500 child pornography websites but ruled out the installation of jammers in school buses to block these websites.

Telling the bench of Justice Dipak Misra, Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice Mohan M. Shantanagoudar that it was taking various other steps to deal with issue of blocking the websites carrying child pornography, Additional Solicitor General Pinki Anand said that they have asked the CBSE to consider installing jammers in schools.

As she maintained that it was not possible to install jammers in school buses, petitioners Kamlesh Vaswani and the Supreme Court Women Lawyers Association said that what Anand was saying was going back on what Central government had said earlier.

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Women lawyers cited the Human Resource Development Ministry saying that installing jammers in the schools may not be feasible as it would also block the computers being used for academic purposes, but they can be installed in school buses.

“They can’t go back on their own affidavit,” a women lawyer said as Anand said that government was coming out with steps to address the problem in its entirety.

As Central government said that it would file the status report on the steps it was taking to curb the child pornography websites, the court gave it two days time.

Senior counsel Vijay Panjwani, appearing for Vaswani, said that blocking of 3,500 websites was nothing.

The court directed the next hearing of the matter on August 20. (IANS)


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Dating apps Tinder and Grindr were being questioned over their age verification requirements after several child abuse cases came into light.

“Lax controls on apps used by millions, such as Tinder and Grindr are giving sexual predators and paedophiles easy access to children,” Britain’s The Sunday Times said in a report.

About 30 incidents of child rape have been investigated since 2015 in the UK alone.

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“Documents reveal 60 further cases of child sex offences via online dating services, including grooming, kidnapping and violent sexual assault,” the report said on Monday.

A person 18 years or older cannot see Tinder profiles of users aged 17 and under. Similarily teenagers can view only profiles within the 13-17 age group, information available on public domain suggests.

The report, however, raised questions on the security of app users on such popular dating sites.

“We are consistently evaluating and refining our processes to prevent underage access, and will always work with law enforcement, where possible, to protect our users as well. We don’t to want minors on Tinder. Period,” The Verge quoted a Tinder spokesperson as saying.

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The dating companies claimed to have been using algorithmic and human screening tools to keep children from using their apps.

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“We are saddened to learn of these reports. Grindr is committed to creating a safe and secure environment to help our community connect and thrive, and any account of sexual abuse or other illegal behavior is troubling to us as well as a clear violation of our terms of service. We are constantly working to improve our tools,” a Grindr spokesperson said.

Launched in 2012, Tinder has 57 million users around the world and Grindr, founded as a gay dating app in 2009, has 27 million users worldwide. (IANS)