Social Networking Sites and Attorney General Crack Down on Child Pornography

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 17, 2010 at 6:20 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 17, 2010 at 6:20 PM EDT

New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday the creation of a database that will be used by social networking sites to keep child pornography off the internet. The database finds offensive pictures and stops the images from ending up on the site. Facebook and MySpace have already agreed to use the database to stop the sharing of these images on their social networks. Cuomo is also asking 13 other social networking companies to use the database.

"The sites that are screening for this garbage are safer," said Cuomo. "The marketplace works if the sites know parents demand it, young people will demand it, then they will provide it."

The new database will be maintained and supervised by the Attorney General's Office, and the Division of Criminal Justice Services.