- Pete Buttigieg mocked over ‘staged’ walking photo 2 Weeks Ago
- Louise Linton deletes pro-Greta Thunberg Instagram post Today 10:58 AM
- ‘Crip Camp’ shows how a radical summer camp was monumental to the disability rights movement Today 9:08 AM
- How to live stream the 2020 Grammy Awards Today 7:00 AM
- Technology created deepfakes—does it have a way to stop them, too? Today 6:30 AM
- SESTA-FOSTA is ‘detrimental’ to sex workers’ safety, study confirms Today 6:00 AM
- Jeff Bezos’ girlfriend allegedly sent his nudes to her brother, who then leaked them Saturday 6:38 PM
- This Instagram account catches influencers in the wild Saturday 5:42 PM
- The best upcoming video games to look out for in February 2020 Saturday 5:23 PM
- TikTok teens use AirPods and Google Translate to secretly talk in class Saturday 4:32 PM
- Video shows corpses of coronavirus victims lying in China hospital Saturday 3:44 PM
- Kid meets Slipknot after drumming video goes viral Saturday 2:30 PM
- Channing Tatum responds to troll who tried to compare Jenna Dewan and Jessie J’s looks Saturday 1:46 PM
- Grindr pulls an ‘I don’t know her’ after Eminem suggests he uses the app Saturday 12:48 PM
- Here are the top 10 most popular Instagram models in 2020 Saturday 12:21 PM
Technology giant Microsoft has announced a new tool designed to catch pedophiles who target children in online chats.
Code-named Project Artemis, the system, which has long been used by Microsoft to analyze chats held over platforms such as the Xbox, is now being offered to other tech companies.
While details are scarce, the tool works by recognizing specific words and speech patterns. Chats that are flagged as suspicious are handed over to human moderators for review. A decision can then be made as to whether the conversation warrants law enforcement attention.
Courtney Gregoire, Microsoft’s chief digital safety officer, stated in a recent blog post that the tool will be free for companies that offer a chat function in any of their products.
“At Microsoft, we embrace a multi-stakeholder model to combat online child exploitation that includes survivors and their advocates, government, tech companies and civil society working together,” Gregoire writes. “Combating online child exploitation should and must be a universal call to action.”
The tool would not work, however, for messaging programs that utilize end-to-end encryption. And as with any such tool, concerns have been raised over the issue of false positives, which would lead innocent users to have their conversations monitored as well.
Given recent controversies over companies monitoring their customers’ communications in secret, those who employ the software would likely have to update their terms-of-service in order to gain consent from users.
Microsoft admits that Project Artemis “is by no means a panacea,” but argues that its tool represents a significant step forward nonetheless.
“Child sexual exploitation and abuse online and the detection of online child grooming are weighty problems,” the company notes. “But we are not deterred by the complexity and intricacy of such issues.”
- Twitter accused of letting pedophiles discuss their sexual attraction to children
- Calls to abuse hotlines are surging after ‘Surviving R. Kelly 2’
- ‘Supergirl’ star Melissa Benoist describes horrific domestic abuse in Instagram video
Mikael Thalen is a tech and security reporter based in Seattle, covering social media, data breaches, hackers, and more.