Facebook To Use PhotoDNA, Battle Against Child Porn

Social networking giant Facebook has licensed a photo scanning technology developed by Microsoft to battle child porn on its platform.

Facebook is the largest social network in the world with more than 500 million users who have uploaded more than 50 billion images till date. The company needs to scan the platform for weeding out images of child porn and other inappropriate photos.

The company plans to use the PhotoDNA image scanning tool, developed by Microsoft Research and Dartmouth College professor Dr. Hany Farid, to scan the platform and delete the ‘worst of the worst’ images of child pornography from the platform.

The PhotoDNA platform is now owned by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), which runs a program that helps online service providers to tackle child pornography using the software.

The platform, which has been integrated in Bing, Windows Live SkyDrive and Hotmail, has heled Microsoft scan more than 2 billion images. The company found 1,000 positive matches in SkyDrives and 1,500 matches in Bing using the software.

“PhotoDNA identified horrific images on our services that we would have never found otherwise. Identifying graphic child pornography in a sea of content like that is a daunting task, but PhotoDNA is helping to find the proverbial needle in a haystack,” Bill Harmon of Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, said in a statement.