We are archiving this campaign, because the most notorious of the websites concerned are now gone from the clear web. We were responsible for their delisting from Bing and DuckDuckGo, and Yandex placed warnings on the listings before they disappeared completely, indicating a good faith attempt to address the problem.
In the early days of the Internet, unlawful sexual images of minors were openly available online, and because they were indexed by search engines, they were easy for non-technical users to find. Since 2013, Google and Bing no longer index these images, which has reduced demand for the images by two thirds since then. But Russia’s most popular search engine, Yandex, still indexes websites that directly link to known unlawful images of child abuse. It’s time for Yandex to step up and do better.