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Microsoft To Share Chat Scanner “Project Artemis” Targeting Child Sex Predators

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.

As per reports, Microsoft (MSFT) is set to share its tool used on its Xbox gaming service to detect online text chats and adults exploiting and misleading children for sexual purposes. The technique, Codenamed Project Artemis scrutinizes messages looking for patterns and features before raising an alert or rating for a chat. The process then allows companies to pick those conversations on their platforms which require a closer look by a human moderator. There have reportedly been 45 million online images of child sexual abuse in 2018, as per New York Times report in September last year. Activities where adult predators use built-in chat functions on popular video games and private messaging apps to mislead children and asking for nude pictures. Tech companies are coping with how to stem a rising tide of child pornography and exploitation

The project hackathon started in November 2018 with two child welfare groups and since then Microsoft, has been working with companies leading online video game Roblox and messenger app Kik, The Meet Group. The initiative is led by Dartmouth College Computer Science Professor Hany Farid. His previous association with Microsoft led to developing a tool used by 150 companies and organizations to locate and report images of child sexual exploitation, PhotoDNA.

Microsoft informed its already using the technique for Xbox chats and intends to do the same for skype.

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(Read Original Story: Microsoft Releases Chat Scanner to Detect Child Sex Predators in Bloomberg)


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