AI is about to make the online child sex abuse problem much worse

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The nation’s system for tracking down and prosecuting people who sexually exploit children online is overwhelmed and buckling, a new report finds — and artificial intelligence is about to make the problem much worse.

The Stanford Internet Observatory report takes a detailed look at the CyberTipline, a federally authorized clearinghouse for reports of online child sexual abuse material, known as CSAM. The tip line fields tens of millions of CSAM reports each year from such platforms as Facebook, Snapchat and TikTok, and forwards them to law enforcement agencies, sometimes leading to prosecutions that can bust up pedophile and sex trafficking rings.

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