YouTube and Facebook work to protect kids via algorithm tweaks and open-sourcing amid scrutiny

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Amid heightened scrutiny, both YouTube and Facebook want to tweak their platforms to make it safer for children.

In a recent announcement, Facebook said that it will begin open-sourcing two of its algorithms used to identify child exploitation and terrorist propaganda.

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The technologies are able to 'detect identical and nearly identical photos and videos' according to a blog post by the company.

That means it could feasibly allow sites to flag abusive content more easily as it spreads to other sites.

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'For example, when we identify terrorist propaganda on our platforms, we remove it and hash it using a variety of techniques, including the algorithms we’re sharing today,' said the company in a post.

'Then we share the hashes with industry partners, including smaller companies, through GIFCT so they can also take down the same content if it appears on their services.'

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According to experts on child abuse and exploitation, the algorithms could potentially go a long way in helping to track down abuse as it happens and preempt its spread.

'In just one year, we witnessed a 541% increase in the number of child sexual abuse videos reported by the tech industry to the CyberTipline,' said John Clark, President and CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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'We’re confident that Facebook’s generous contribution of this open-source technology will ultimately lead to the identification and rescue of more child sexual abuse victims.'

This marks the first time that the company has open-sourced the software as noted by...
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