Saturday, 21 May 2011

Facebook Adopts Microsoft PhotoDNA To Remove Child Pornography

"Facebook has partnered with Microsoft to fight child pornography online.

"The social network will implement Microsoft'sPhotoDNA technology, designed to identify and remove images that exploit or endanger children.

"Developed for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, PhotoDNA creates a "blueprint" of an inappropriate or offensive image and can search through billions of other images to locate photos with similarly inappropriate features.

"Microsoft currently uses PhotoDNA in Bing, Skydrive and Hotmail.

"Bill Harmon, associate general counsel at the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, announced the partnership in a blog post.

Facebook's bold step forward to become the first online service provider to join Microsoft in partnership with NCMEC on the PhotoDNA program sends a strong message: We will not tolerate the use of our services to victimize children in this way when we have the technology to do something about it.
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