FB, Twitter, Microsoft and Google renew pledge to crack down on online child sexual abuse

Several technology platforms have announced a new initiative to combat online child sexual abuse, CNBC reported. Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter are all members of the 14-year-old Technology Alliance. The alliance said its new Protect project would issue a “five-pillar” plan that would include structures, membership models and staffing to support the organization’s long-term goals. These five pillars include technological innovation, collective action, independent research, information and knowledge sharing, and transparency and accountability.

FB, Twitter, Microsoft and Google renew pledge to crack down on online child sexual abuse

The coalition says the project will create a research and innovation fund to create tools to prevent online child sexual abuse, publish annual reports on industry efforts and create an annual expert forum to share best practices.

“The number of Internet users — more than 4.5 billion by 2020 — increases the challenge of keeping the Internet safe,” the alliance said in a statement. The Technology Alliance added that the tools used to detect online child sexual abuse have become more complex, so there are types of abuse it is trying to eliminate. The plan has some admirable goals, but it doesn’t provide many specifics, including how much money and resources each platform will commit.

Founded in 2006, the Technology Alliance works with international organizations such as children’s charities and UNICEF to provide guidance and funding for science and technology platforms seeking to implement child protection across the Internet.