Microsoft and Facebook announced a new partnership that makes the social networking site the first group to use a program called PhotoDNA, which can identify child pornography images even when they're cropped or altered, reports The New York Times' Gadgetwise.
The program searches for "known images of sexual exploitation of pre-pubescent children to avoid trampling on the privacy and free-speech rights of consumers of adult pornography," said Ernie Allen of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, which has been using PhotoDNA since 2009.
The software gives each image an individual "hash," or "signature," that it can search for and identify quickly, even among billions of images. For Facebook, this means that instead of counting on users to report offensive images, the program, says Gadgetwise, could "keep child pornography from making it onto its site in the first place."
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