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Facebook Now Using Microsoft’s PhotoDNA Technology to Combat Child Pornography

To marks a significant milestone in the ongoing fight against the abuse of Internet technology for the heinous sexual victimization of the most innocent in our society. Facebook is joining Microsoft in the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s PhotoDNA program to combat child pornography.

“PhotoDNA has the power to quickly and accurately identify known child pornography images amongst Facebook’s billions of files shared online. In just one month, Facebook’s services host more than 30 billion pieces of shared content, including photos, Web links, news stories, blog posts and more. Identifying graphic child pornography in a sea of content like that is a daunting task, but PhotoDNA is helping to find the proverbial needle in a haystack.’

“NCMEC’s program, using image-matching technology created by Microsoft Research in collaboration with Dartmouth College, gives online service providers an effective tool to take more proactive action to stop the distribution of known images of child sexual abuse online.”

“Microsoft donated PhotoDNA, a technology created by Microsoft Research in cooperation with Dartmouth College professor Hany Farid, to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, so that we could use the groundbreaking image-matching technology with online services companies to stop the online distribution of the worst known images of child rape (aka child pornography),” stated Microsoft.

Finally, and most critically, you can help fight the problem of child sexual abuse and exploitation by reporting it. If you see it, if you know about it, if you suspect it, report it to us at www.cybertipline.com or call 1 (800) THE LOST. And, as a user of Facebook, Bing, SkyDrive, Hotmail or any other online service, if you see an image that concerns you or other suspicious activity you think might involve child exploitation, report it as abuse on that service as well.

[Source: Official Microsoft Blog]

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