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Facebook Adopts Microsoft PhotoDNA To Remove Child Pornography

The Huffington Post    
First Posted: 05/20/11 02:04 PM ET Updated: 07/20/11 06:12 AM ET

Facebook has partnered with Microsoft to fight child pornography online.

The social network will implement Microsoft's PhotoDNA technology, designed to identify and remove images that exploit or endanger children.

Developed for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, PhotoDNA creates a "blueprint" of an inappropriate or offensive image and can search through billions of other images to locate photos with similarly inappropriate features.

Microsoft currently uses PhotoDNA in Bing, Skydrive and Hotmail.

Bill Harmon, associate general counsel at the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, announced the partnership in a blog post. Writes Harmon,

Facebook's bold step forward to become the first online service provider to join Microsoft in partnership with NCMEC on the PhotoDNA program sends a strong message: We will not tolerate the use of our services to victimize children in this way when we have the technology to do something about it. We hope that Facebook's adoption of PhotoDNA serves as a springboard for other online service providers to take advantage of the opportunity available through NCMEC's PhotoDNA program and, in fact, we know that others are exploring the possibility right now.

Facebook and Microsoft will hold a public event on Friday May 20 at 3 p.m. to discuss this effort. You can tune in via Facebook's DC Live: Protecting Kids Online page.

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