Microsoft and Facebook Team Up Against Child Porn

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Technology giants Microsoft and Facebook have teamed up to fight child pornography.

pcsiteuk / Flickr (CC BY-SA)According to both companies, the world’s biggest and most popular social networking site will be the first firm to use a Microsoft-written software which scours and identifies matches to pictures from the U.S. National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) database.

The software named PhotoDNA was developed by Microsoft and Hany Farid, a professor of computer science from Dartmouth College.

Farid said in a live-streamed video broadcast during the announcement of the Microsoft-Facebook tie-up that PhotoDNA is a “very efficient technology and will not slow down a network”.

He said that the technology is also accurate as demonstrated by it having “scanned over two billion images without a single false positive.”

“Facebook will run PhotoDNA against all photos uploaded to the site, to block the distribution of these images of criminal exploitation,” Facebook lawyer Chris Sonderby said. “The technology will also better enable us to report these incidents to the National Center (NCMEC) and police, to allow them to take immediate action.”


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Author: Solon Harmony Dolor

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