Microsoft Launches Cloud Service To Combat Spread Of Child Porn

Microsoft has launched a cloud version of its PhotoDNA service that helps detect and remove online images depicting the sexual abuse of children.

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While PhotoDNA has been around for some time now, in order to use  the free tool companies had to load it directly onto their servers and required technical know how.

PhotoDNA on the cloud makes it much easier for smaller companies to deploy it letting them help combat the spread of the roughly 720,000 images depicting child sex abuse on the Internet each day.

The tool works by feeding in known photos of child sex abuse which is then turned into numerical values. PhotoDNA then identifies child pornography on the Internet by comparing images and works even if the image has been altered.

Facebook and Twitter have been using PhotoDNA to weed out any images of child sex abuse that might get uploaded onto their platforms, however, now even smaller companies such as Flipboard and Kik are using the cloud version of the tool.

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