Pope Demands Tech Firms Protect Kids From Porn

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is demanding that Facebook, Apple, Google and other tech companies take measures to remove child porn from the web and to prevent children from seeing pornography online.

Pope Francis blesses a newborn baby Wednesday in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. (AP photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Francis told a Vatican conference of religious leaders and high-tech representatives Thursday that it’s no longer acceptable to merely follow the law in monitoring online content, since technology is fast outpacing regulation.

He demanded that companies assume a moral responsibility to protect young people from what he said were the ruinous effects of pornography on their emotional and sexual development.

He said: “There is a need to ensure that investors and managers remain accountable, so that the good of minors and society is not sacrificed to profit.”

Francis was addressing participants at the conference “Promoting Digital Child Dignity.”

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