Google Announces New Artificial Intelligence Technology to Fight Online Child Sexual Abuse

Google Announces New Artificial Intelligence Technology to Fight Online Child Sexual Abuse

"We've seen firsthand that this system can help a reviewer find and take action on 700 per cent more CSAM content over the same time period", the company added in its blog post. The first is to make it quicker and easier to detect and remove CSAM, while the second is to do so without having to expose human content-checkers to so much abuse content. We will continue to invest in technology and organizations to help fight the perpetrators of CSAM and to keep our platforms and our users safe from this type of abhorrent content.

Google's Content Safety API is a developers' toolkit that uses deep neural networks to process images in such a way that fewer people need to be exposed to them. According to a Google blog post by Abhi Chaudhuri, Google's product manager and Nikola Todorovic, Google's engineering lead, since 2006, Google has been working across the industry and with NGOs to tackle CSAM through its work with the Technology Coalition, WePROTECT Global Alliance and other initiatives.

The API has been made available without any charges for corporate partners and non-governmental organizations through Google's Content Safety programming kit.

The move comes as United Kingdom officials have called on Google and other Silicon Valley giants to take greater action against online child sexual abuse.

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The announcement from Google came just a few hours after the UK's Home Secretary Sajid Javid doubled down on calls for tech firms to crack down on CSAM.

Not only adults, but children are also often harassed online. Instead, they will have to deal with stuff that is most likely to have child sexual abusive material (CSAM). The NCA said it had received a staggering 82,109 referrals for child sexual abuse images from social media companies in 2017. Joelle Casteix, a renowned child rights advocate, harnessed the benefits of AI and created Project G. Project G is a tool that spots risk factors of predatory behaviours, not only in people who victimize children but also those linked with the cover up of sexual exploitation.

This new technology's speed will allow children who are being sexually abused to be identified faster - and protected from future abuse. "It's an unbelievable and fascinating tool, because it helps show us what a predator looks like", Vanguard reported.

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