A new AI-powered tool claims to detect child abuse images with around 99 percent accuracy. The tool, called Safer, is developed by non-profit Thorn to assist businesses which do not have in-house filtering systems to detect and remove such images. According to the Internet Watch Foundation in the UK, reports of child abuse images surged 50 percent during the COVID-19 lockdown. In the 11 weeks starting on 23rd March, its hotline logged 44,809 reports of images compared with 29,698 last year. Many of these images are from children who've spent more time online and been coerced into releasing images of themselves.
Facebook could be prosecuted in the UK for failing to remove child abuse images posted to the site despite being made aware of them, according to a new report. "Dozens" of illegal images and videos were allegedly flagged to the social network's moderators by a reporter using a fake profile, according to the Times. The illegal content is said to include a video of an apparent sexual assault on a child, "violently paedophilic cartoons", an "Islamic State beheading" and propaganda posters "glorifying recent terrorist attacks in London and Egypt". However, they reportedly only took some of them down, concluding that the majority didn't breach the site's Community Standards, which states, "We remove content that threatens or promotes sexual violence or exploitation. This includes the sexual exploitation of minors and sexual assault."