Microsoft is looking to identify child predators with a new program headed up by Courtney Gregoire that goes by the name “Project Artemis.” The idea behind this tool is to catch stalkers looking to prey on children in video game chat rooms.
Tangentially speaking, the only people that Microsoft will likely catch with Project Artemis are going to be the usual SJW suspects that seem to fill up rolls in games journalism and any movement that’s against real gamers.
In addition to the above, I’m sure this program will expose more people like Hi-Rez Studios employee and Twitch partner Thomas Cheung, social justice activist/artist Julian, Team Fortress 2 competitive trans player Nursey, U.K. politician David Smith, and anti-#GamerGate journalist Peter Bright.
Anyway, according to blogs.microsoft.com, the tech is applied to historical text-based chat conversations to evaluate and rate conversation characteristics.
This tool will assign an “overall probability rating” to determine if the content written by a person is worthy of being flagged or reviewed by an actual human moderator.
If passed to a human moderator, this person would be tasked with identifying “imminent threats” for a referral to law enforcement, as well as passing said info to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).
Here’s a portion of the write-up regarding video game chat rooms and child predators:
“Online child exploitation is a horrific crime that requires a whole-of-society approach. Microsoft has a long-standing commitment to child online protection. First and foremost, as a technology company, we have a responsibility to create software, devices and services that have safety features built in from the outset. We leverage technology across our services to detect, disrupt and report illegal content, including child sexual exploitation. And we innovate and invest in tools, technology and partnerships to support the global fight needed to address online child sexual exploitation.
In furtherance of those commitments, today Microsoft is sharing a grooming detection technique, code name “Project Artemis,” by which online predators attempting to lure children for sexual purposes can be detected, addressed and reported. Developed in collaboration with The Meet Group, Roblox, Kik and Thorn, this technique builds off Microsoft patented technology and will be made freely available via Thorn to qualified online service companies that offer a chat function. Thorn is a technology nonprofit that builds technology to defend children from sexual abuse.”
Starting on January 10th, 2020, Microsoft says that licensing and adoption of the tool will be handled by Thorn, which means companies and services wanting to test/use the program must contact Thorn directly at [email protected]
In case you don’t know, Microsoft has been using this tech across various platforms such as the Xbox family of consoles, chat services, and Skype.
Lastly, the real questions that remain unanswered are, how many more SJWs will be caught by this service? Or will Microsoft try to cover for its allies?