Facebook and Microsoft have teamed up to fight child predators who use internet technology to sexually exploit children. This development marks the most progressive and conscientious social investment by the two companies to date.
According the Official Microsoft Blog:
As you may have read in the New York Times, Facebook is joining Microsoft in the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s PhotoDNA program to combat child pornography. NCMEC’s program, using image-matching technology created by Microsoft Research in collaboration with Dartmouth College, gives online service providers an effective tool to take more proactive action to stop the distribution of known images of child sexual abuse online.
But even more laudable: Microsoft is making the technology freely accessible. I hope other tech companies heavily invested in the social sphere and imagery, particularly Google, Twitter and Flickr, will join the campaign. Child predators do not belong in the social universe.
But my main concern is that this momentous technology could result in a worsened situation. Pornographers and pedophiles could still find a away around it. Technology isn’t exactly slowing down drug trafficking, prostitution, human trafficking and other social ills, is it?