The National Center for Missing and Exploited Child (NCMEC). has announced a new platform Designed to remove explicit sexual material images of minors You can find it on the Internet. Meta It revealed via a blog that it provided the initial financing for the construction of the NCMEC’s free-to-use “Take It Down” toolIt allows anonymous reporting and removal of unwanted items. “nude, partially nude, or sexually explicit images or videos” of Participants underage people can block offfenders from sharing their content again on the participating platforms.

Facebook and Instagram joined the integration process, along with OnlyFans and Pornhub. Take it down is the name of this program. for minors To self-report images Videos of However, these content was not created by adults. of You can report the problem to your parents or other trusted adults up until 18 years old. Reports can also be submitted by parents and other trusted adults. of a child, too.

This article is about FAQ for Take It Down The service requires that the user has the image/video reported on their device in order to access it. This content isn’t submitted as part of The reporting process is confidential and remains so. Instead, it is used to create a hashvalue, a unique digital fingerprint for each image and video. This can be shared with participating platforms so they can detect and remove the information across their sites and apps while decreasing the number of People who actually see the content.

“We created this system because many children are facing these desperate situations,” Michelle DeLaune is president and CEO of NCMEC. “Our hope is that children become aware of this service, and they feel a sense of relief that tools exist to help take the images down. NCMEC is here to help.”

Take It Down works in a similar way. StopNCIIThe service was established in 2021 and aims at preventing non-consensual share. of images for Those over 50 of 18. StopNCII also uses hash value to remove and detect explicit content from Facebook, Instagram TikTok and Bumble.

Meta Last November, the launch coincided with the tease of the new platform. of New privacy features for Instagram and Facebook

Additional to announcing its collaboration with NCMEC in November last year, Meta New privacy features were introduced for Facebook and Instagram that are dedicated to protecting minors The platforms. This includes prompting teenagers to report accounts after blocking suspicious adults. removing the message button on teens’ Instagram accounts when they’re viewed by adults with a history of Being blocked and using stricter privacy settings default for Under 16 Facebook users (or 18 for some countries)

The program has been implemented by other platforms that have taken precautions to ensure the removal of explicit material. minors. Yubo is a French social network app that uses a smartphone to connect with others. range of AI and human-operated moderation tools This can be detected sexual material depicting minorsPornhub makes it possible for individuals to directly issue a takedown request for There are no legal or consensual materials that can be published on the platform.

All of Before, the platforms involved were criticized for Failing to protect minors From sexual exploitation

All five of The participating platforms were previously criticised for Failing to protect minors From sexual exploitation. A BBC News Report from 2021 children could easily bypass OnlyFans’ age verification systemsPornhub is located at was sued by 34 victims of sexual exploitation the same yearThey claim that they profited from video depicting child rape. sexual Exploitation, Trafficking and Other Non-Consensual Activities sexual content. Yubo — described As “Tinder for teens” — has been used by predators to contact and rape underage usersAnd the NCMEC estimated last year That Meta’s plan to apply end-to-end encryption to its platforms could effectively conceal 70 percent of The child sexual It currently detects and reports on the platform abuse material.

“When tech companies implement end-to-end encryption, with no preventive measures built in to detect known child sexual abuse material, the impact on child safety is devastating,” said DeLaune to the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month.

press release for Take It Down mentions, “Participating platforms can use these hash values for detection and removal.” images All “public or unencrypted sites and apps,” but it isn’t clear if this extends to Meta’s use of Messenger uses end-to-end encryption. We are reaching out to Meta for We have received confirmation.