Google Sued Over Child Porn Allegations

Google Sued Over Child Porn Allegations
Gretchen Gallen
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Google took it on the chin this week after being sued by a Nassau County legislator for allegedly profiting off child pornography through its search engine.

In his complaint, filed in New York Supreme Court, Jeffrey Toback, (D-Oceanside), alleges that Google has profited handsomely off the dissemination of child porn and that it is an “integral part” of its business structure.

The complaint fingers Google as "the largest and most efficient facilitator and distributor of child pornography in the world.”

Toback is aiming to block Google from providing links or advertising to websites that display child pornography and to come clean with the fact that it has made billions of dollars off child porn and other “obscene” content through sponsored links.

The complaint, however, did not make a clear distinction between content that specifically features underage performers or victims and adult content.

Toback added further that Google has taken no action to curb its involvement in the so-called spread of child porn even though it is fully capable of blocking certain search terms, as evidenced by its involvement with the Chinese Government.

"Defendant is willing to accede to the demands of the Chinese autocrats to block the search term 'democracy,'" the complaint states, "but when it comes to the protection and well-being of our nation's innocent children, Defendant refuses to spend a dime's worth of resources to block child pornography from reaching children."

Google executives were quick to counter Toback’s claims by saying that when the search engine is made aware of any affiliation to sites that market child pornography, they are quick to report it to law enforcement, and that the company does everything it can to combat child porn.

No other search engines were named in the complaint, and Toback has not expressed interest in pursuing other companies over similar allegations.

Toback is best known for his efforts to raise the legal age to 19 for buying tobacco and for proposing a domestic partner registry for the state of New York.