Mi­crosoft looks to de­tect sex preda­tors in game chats

Antelope Valley Press - - BUSINESS -

RED­MOND, Wash. — Mi­crosoft says it has de­vel­oped a tech­nique to de­tect on­line preda­tors us­ing video games to try to sex­u­ally ex­ploit chil­dren. The chat func­tion in on­line mul­ti­player games is one place where preda­tors have tried to groom chil­dren for sex­ual pur­poses. Mi­crosoft, which makes the Xbox gam­ing sys­tem, says its new tech­nol­ogy will au­to­mat­i­cally scan text-based con­ver­sa­tions for signs of po­ten­tial ex­ploita­tion. A hu­man moder­a­tor can then re­view the flagged con­ver­sa­tion and de­ter­mine if it should be re­ported to law en­force­ment.

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