App to block images of child abuse receives Euros 1.8m in EU funding

A new app designed to block child abuse images from appearing on mobile devices has secured 1.8 million euros in funding, following its successful launch in several countries. The app, called "Safe Search Kids", was developed by a team of researchers and engineers who were concerned about the rise in child abuse images being shared online. The app works by blocking access to websites and social media accounts that contain child abuse images or material. It uses a combination of artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms to identify and filter out inappropriate content. The developers say the app is easy to use and can be downloaded onto any smartphone or tablet.

The app has already received widespread praise from child protection organizations and law enforcement agencies. In a statement, a spokesperson for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said, "We welcome any technology that can help to protect children from online harm. The Safe Search Kids app has the potential to make a real difference in the fight against child abuse."

The app has also been endorsed by several leading tech companies, including Google and Facebook. A spokesperson for Google said mentioned that they fully support the Safe Search Kids app along with its efforts to combat child abuse. We believe that technology can be a powerful tool in the fight against online harm, and we are committed to working with the developers of this app to ensure its success."

The app has already been downloaded by thousands of users around the world, with many parents praising its effectiveness in blocking inappropriate content. "I was shocked to see some of the images that were being shared online," said one mother who downloaded the app for her teenage son. "The Safe Search Kids app has given me peace of mind knowing that my son is protected from this kind of material."

The developers of the app say that they plan to use the funding to further develop the technology and expand its reach. They are also hoping to partner with other organizations and tech companies to help raise awareness about the dangers of child abuse and the importance of online safety.

"We are delighted to have received this funding, which will enable us to continue our work in protecting children from online harm," said one of the lead developers of the app. "We are committed to using our knowledge to make the online world a safer place for children," the statement reads. "We think that modern technology has the potential to significantly impact the fight against child abuse."

The Safe Search Kids app is available for download on the App Store and Google Play, and is free to use. The developers are encouraging parents and guardians to download the app and use it to protect their children from online harm.