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PLDT AIM AT CRACKING DOWN ON CHILD PORN LIVESTREAMING

1 month ago | Local Business News | 0 comments

By Bong Garabot

The company executive said Friday,
PLDT Inc. has blocked 3,000 websites carrying child pornography but the bigger challenge now is cracking down on child pornography livestreams on various platforms.

The company gathers information on incoming cyber threats, which also includes child pornography, said Angel Redoble, PLDT chief information security officer.

He also said that aside from child porn sites, PLDT is also focused on blocking child pornography content including photos and videos that are uploaded to legitimate websites.

In an ANC interview, “Any subscriber trying to access this content will be redirected to a child protection platform…If the photo or video matches our filtering policy, then the user will be redirected to a page saying the content they are accessing is in violation of RA 9775 [Anti-Child Pornography Act].”

Redoble also said blocking child pornography streamed live on various platform “is the most difficult scenario to address.”

He said, “When traffic goes through our infrastructure, it is all the same – all ones and zeroes. We cannot identify if the traffic is a video or photo. We don’t do that kind of inspection.”

He added: “The moment there is a video livestreaming coming from the Philippines…using publicly available platforms such as Facebook, Viber, Telegram, WhatsApp or whatever, the only thing we can do is work with the entities such as law enforcement.”

Redoble said one way to check the content on a livestream without violating the Data Privacy Law is to do it via analytics “because we can identify where there are sustained huge amount of traffic.”

Law enforcers can then check on these areas, he said.

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