Big tech hacks a new tool to nab social media child abusers

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Big tech hacks a new tool to nab social media child abusers

Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Facebook and Snap develop a prototype to flag potential online paedophiles

Natasha Bernal


Some of Silicon Valley’s biggest technology companies have developed an anti-grooming tool aimed at catching paedophiles using social media to target children.
Engineers from Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Facebook and Snap have developed a prototype that can be used to flag potential online conversations between paedophiles and children.
The tool was built after engineers analysed tens of thousands of real, anonymised conversations to understand patterns used by predators. The technology was designed to automatically detect these patterns, create a score for the conversation and alert human moderators to intervene.
Potential conversations between a groomer and a child would be flagged by the system so that a moderator can investigate further. Once complete, it will be rolled out for free to other tech companies that want to deploy it.
None of the companies have yet come forward to develop the product which was created during a two-day hackathon hosted by Microsoft. Engineers raced against time in the sprint-like computing event to develop the tool.
- © The Daily Telegraph

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