Facebook has joined Google, Microsoft and 15 other tech companies to announce the formation of Project Protect: A plan to combat online child sexual abuse – a renewed commitment and investment expanding the Technology Coalition’s scope and impact to protect kids online and guide its work for the next 15 years.
Project Protect is a significant milestone in the industry’s fight against child sexual exploitation and abuse (CSEA). Driven by tech innovation and best practices from international experts, the project has the necessary financial resources to bring about real change.
Project Protect seeks to prevent and eradicate CSEA from the internet by:
Child exploitation is a problem across the internet, and Facebook’s collective responsibility is to fight this abuse and protect kids online.
At Facebook, across all their platforms, they use sophisticated technology and behavioural signals not only to prevent, detect and remove images and videos that exploit children but also to detect and prevent grooming or potentially inappropriate interactions between a minor and an adult.
Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook says: “Project Protect brings together the brightest minds from across the tech industry to tackle a grave issue that no one company can solve on its own – child exploitation and abuse.
Facebook is proud to help lead this initiative that we hope will lead to real changes that keep children safe.”
For more information about child sexual abuse and exploitation, visit our Online Grooming Hub.
If your child is a victim of online sexual abuse or exploitation, please report this with one of the following organisations below and/or contact the police.
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