Predators Are Using AI to Generate Image of Graphic Content Depicting Children

The possibilities of AI image generation are considerable, but not all of its uses can be considered wholesome. A report from Bloomberg revealed that pedophiles and predators are starting to use AI tools to create images of child sexual abuse, and the first four months of 2023 have already seen these images get shared fairly widely.

Forums that promote and disseminate CSA content have already begun to feature such images, with all of that having been said and now out of the way it is important to note that around 68 different threads have already been analyzed. Companies like Stability AI are taking steps to mitigate these forms of usage, but in spite of the fact that this is the case, predators are still managing to circumvent them for their malicious ends.

What makes this content all the more dangerous is that it can manipulate images of real children and make it seem like they are involved in graphic acts. The purpose of this content is not always sexual in nature because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up being used in blackmail as well.

Filtering out NSFW content is being suggested as a way to keep these actions at bay, but only time will tell whether or not these moves are enough to protect children. This just goes to show that any technology can be used for malicious activities if it falls into the wrong hands, and it is up to the companies creating this tech to establish safety protocols and guard rails as and when possible.

According to a content moderation startup by the name of ActiveFence, this problem is likely going to get much worse in the future. Most countries lack the legal protections necessary to ban AI generated CSA media, since they tend to focus on content that was made by harming actual children. Such content created by AI is nonetheless harmful, and the numerous forums that have it readily available are proof of that. New AI tech is being developed that might serve as a permanent solution to the issue.

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