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Facebook, Microsoft try to keep up with vast scale of online abuse

Two giants in the digital world presented some key ways they are trying to keep up with the vast scale and increasing sophistication of the abuse and exploitation of minors online.

Representatives from Facebook – the largest social media site in the world – and Microsoft – the world’s biggest software company – called for increased cooperation among businesses, governments and law enforcement to develop, share and utilise digital tools to prevent and stop abuse and bring perpetrators to justice.

“There is nothing more important to us than the safety and security of our community, especially young people,” said Antigone Davis, head of global safety at Facebook.

She was among some 140 experts and leaders attending a congress on protecting children in a digital world from 3rd to 6th October in Rome. Hosted by the Pontifical Gregorian University’s Centre for Child Protection in partnership with WePROTECT Global Alliance, the aim was to get faith communities, police, software and social media industries, mass media, nonprofits and governments working together to better protect minors.

Picture: In this photo illustration from Taipei, Taiwan, a computer keyboard sits on a world map. Representatives from Facebook and Microsoft called for increased cooperation among businesses, governments and law enforcement to develop and share digital tools to prevent and stop online abuse during a conference at the Pontifical Gregorian University from 3rd to 6th October. (CNS photo/David Chang, EPA).