New bill would put $5 billion toward fighting online child abuse

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Lawmakers have introduced a multibillion-dollar plan to fight child sexual abuse, particularly on the internet.

The Invest in Child Safety Act would authorize spending $5 billion over 10 years to expand anti-child abuse divisions at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, let the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) hire more investigators and therapists, and increase funding for the state- and local-level Internet Crimes Against Children task forces.

The bill would also establish a White House anti-abuse office to oversee and coordinate the process, and it would double the length of time that tech companies need to preserve evidence of abuse, from 90 to 180 days.

This bill is being sponsored by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)…

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