Microsoft To Introduce A Free Tool To Fight Online Child Abuse

Aadhya Khatri - Jan 14, 2020


Microsoft To Introduce A Free Tool To Fight Online Child Abuse

Online child abuse is a horrible crime and Microsoft recently introduced a tool to help address and report these predators

Online child abuse is a horrible crime and Microsoft recently introduced a tool to help address and report these predators. Called Project Artemis, the tech is said to be free to use and what it does is to qualify companies that offer online chat function.

The tool will review conversations available to it in the form of texts and evaluate if there is any sign of grooming. Project Artemis then converts the result into ratings, which human moderators can use to flag suspicious conversations for further actions.

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Project Artemis converts the result into ratings, which human moderators can use to flag suspicious conversations for further actions

Project Artemis was developed back in November 2018 and the making of it has the participation of Microsoft, Kik, The Meet Group, Thorn, and some other organizations. The license is being handled by Thorn, a non-profit group specializing in creating tech to fight the sexual abusing of children.

Microsoft is not the only tech giant that is attempting to put a stop to online child abuse. Back in 2019, YouTube, owned by Google, axed hundreds of channels and prevent people from commenting on millions of videos after it found out about a child porn ring that was exploiting its platform to prey on children.

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YouTube, owned by Google, axed hundreds of channels and prevent people from commenting on millions of videos after it found out about a child porn ring that was exploiting its platform to prey on children

Facebook has also participated by announcing that it uses machine learning to prevent child exploitation.

Tumblr was once paid for letting pictures of child sexual abuse get past its walls by being pulled from the App Store.

Tumblr admitted that it discovered images of child abuse that had not been added to the database of known material. The site, like many others like it, usually checks its content against the database so those are not covered may slip past Tumblr’s filters and get to go online.

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