Microsoft's PhotoDNA technology to be used by Facebook to fight child porn

Microsoft’s PhotoDNA technology to be used by Facebook to fight child porn

In 2009 Microsoft, working with Dartmouth College developed a new technology called PhotoDNA that is used to find and remove images of child pornography. This technology was then donated to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) who then established a program for online service providers to help fight the spread of child porn online.

Following this Microsoft joined with NCMEC to implement the PhotoDNA program throughout its Bing, SkyDrive and Hotmail services and now another big company is joining the program.

As announced today on the Official Microsoft Blog, Facebook will be adopting the PhotoDNA technology on its platform in an effort to combat child pornography online.

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.

- Bill Harmon Associate General Counsel, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit

Facebook will be holding a Facebook Live event on May 20th at 3 pm EST to discuss this news.

hat tip to GeekWire