Google releases api that helps identify child abuse images

Sep

4

2018

Google has released an api to help organizations identify child abuse images more quickly through machine learning. This would not only work with existing material, but also with new images.

Google writes that it makes the tool available for NGOs and other Internet companies in the form of the so-called Content Safety API. This is available on request . According to Google, the technology should help to identify images of child abuse more quickly. Because it does not use hashes to detect images, new material must also be distinguished in this way. The api is intended to support the manual assessment of images.

Google claims that the api can accelerate the work of reviewers, as it turned out that an assessor could identify seven times more material in the same period. VentureBeat writes that the timing of the release is no coincidence, as the British Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, recently criticized that Google would do too little to prevent the spread of child abuse images. The site also refers to a broader call to action in the UK, which must encourage tech companies to take more action in this area.

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