Tomorrow Facebook will announce that the implemented a new technology developed by Microsoft called PhotoDNA, which will automatically identify child porn images being shared by users of the site
While it’s not clear how much child porn is shared on Facebook at any given point, such a system will be helpful for investigators looking to identify the criminals who are sharing such images.
According to an article published by the New York Times, Microsoft claims that this is a widespread problem which is becoming “increasingly violent and depicting increasingly young children, including infants and toddlers.”
To be frank, it seems pretty ridiculous that child pornographers would turn to Facebook for sharing their images.
You aren’t exactly being discreet by posting child porn images to your profile, or in this case by sending the message over Facebook.
Possibly more interesting than the fact that Facebook will be able to enable authorities to catch more criminals, is the impressive technology developed to identify replicas of images.
The video below describes PhotoDNA.
The one thing that immediately came to mind is stock photo sites deciding to use this technology to find people who haven’t paid for their images or even photographers using the technology to prevent unauthorized distribution of their content.
Readers, do you think this system will do what it promises?