Social Networking Sites To Use Image Database To Filter Child Porn

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Two of the largest social networking sites have taken a big step forward to keep images of little kids being abused from making the rounds.

Facebook and MySpace now say they will use a law enforcement database of digital image codes. The codes can be used to filter child pornography from the sites.

The effort was announced last week by New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. It gives social networking sites access to 8,000 "hash values" — which are sort of like digital fingerprints of images.

Sites can use the database to find and block attempts to post or share matching images.


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