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Google Inc., the most-used Internet search engine, was sued by a New York county legislator over claims the company isn't doing enough to block its users from accessing child pornography on the Internet.

The lawsuit, filed today by Nassau County Legislator Jeffrey Toback in New York state court, seeks to block Google from providing links or advertising to Web sites that display child pornography, said Jeffrey Carton, a lawyer for Toback.

A user "can search for a pre-teen sex video and come up with links and sponsored links that presumably have the express or implied" endorsement of Google, Carton said.

Google prohibits child pornography in the company's products, including its search engine, and removes such images when they are discovered, spokesman Steve Langdon said in an e-mailed statement.

"We also report it to the appropriate law enforcement officials and fully cooperate with the law enforcement community to combat child pornography," Langdon said in the statement.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based company also offers a search engine service called SafeSearch that filters adult content, he said.

Rather than remove the child pornography from links after it has been discovered, Toback wants Google "to eliminate the ability to discover it in the search altogether."

Shares of Google rose 58 cents to $394.75 in Nasdaq Stock Market composite trading.

The case is Toback v. Google, No 06-007246, New York State Supreme Court in Nassau County.

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