Facebook uses Microsoft tool to help prevent child exploitation

Pornographic images of children circulate on the Internet at an alarming rate. Since 2002, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) have reviewed and analyzed nearly 49 million photos and videos of child pornography–more than 13 million in 2010 alone–according to Ernie Allen, NCMEC president and CEO.

PhotoDNA is a technology developed by Microsoft that helps find and remove some of the “worst of the worst” images on the Internet. Microsoft donated the PhotoDNA technology to the NCMEC who developed a PhotoDNA-based program for Internet companies. Recently, Facebook announced that they would be using the service on their site.

For more information, see 500 million friends against child exploitation. To learn more about other ways Microsoft continues to advocate for a safer Internet, see the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit Newsroom

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Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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