Microsoft has released a new tool that analyses and reports any child predators looking to lure in young children through online chats. The tool has been named Project Artemis and will be made available to any online platform that offers a chat function.
Project Artemis began in late 2018 at the annual ‘hackathon’ held by Microsoft. Since then companies like Kik, The Meet Group, Roblox and others have joined forces to help build the tool.
Project Artemis is a new #ForceForGood in technology used to combat online child sexual exploitation by identifying grooming in online chats. We’re proud to partner with @Microsoft to make this tool freely available to qualified companies. Read more: https://t.co/VusdjrRHGn (1/3) pic.twitter.com/sUH64ry1tp
— Thorn (@thorn) January 10, 2020
According to a Microsoft blog post, Project Artemis evaluates and “rates” conversation characteristics and assigns an overall probability rating. This rating can then be used as a determiner, set by individual companies implementing the technique, as to when a flagged conversation should be sent to human moderators for review. Human moderators would then be capable of identifying imminent threats for a referral to law enforcement.
As of 10 January, all licensing for project Artemis will be handled by Thorn, a nonprofit organisation with the soul purpose of building technology to protect children from online predators.
This is not the first instance of a big tech company implementing changes to its platform to fight child abuse and grooming. In 2019 Youtube removed hundreds of accounts along with disabling the ability to comment on tens of millions of videos after reports suggested a child porn ring existed on the platform.
Any companies interested in acquiring the tool can contact Thorn at antigrooming@.