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The UK’s four largest broadband providers have announced plans to commit an additional £1 million to the fight against online child abuse material.

Through a joint initiative, BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media will aim to combat the creation and distribution of such material via the internet.

The firms say the additional funding will supplement the existing "zero tolerance" approach to child abuse material online.

BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media will work with the government, Internet Watch Foundation and Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre to establish how the funds can be best spent to tackle the availability of online child abuse content. 

"This funding will help to target those individuals that create and distribute the content," the broadband providers stated.

"[We] will continue to build on the good progress achieved under the UK Council for Child Internet Safety, and recognised by the government’s Bailey Review stock-take, to promote the use of family friendly parental controls each internet service provider offers its customers."

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