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By using deep neural networks for image processing, Google introduces AI technology to detect disturbing child abuse material on the Internet.
Children are being groomed and coerced into livestreaming their own sexual abuse, says the Internet Watch Foundation.
Pervasive online abuse and harassment pressure women and girls into censoring themselves on social media and fuel gender-based discrimination and violence, rights groups said.
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), an online child sex abuse charity, said that the number of reports of images and videos containing child abuse had increased by 417% over the last two years.
Female politicians and journalists of colour in Britain and the US are disproportionately targeted for online abuse, according to a crowdsourced study that found they received 'problematic messages' every 30 seconds on average.
As pressure mounts on social media companies over child grooming and sex abuse imagery, a US-based not-for-profit set up by Hollywood actors Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore tackling the problem has received backing from eBay billionaire Jeff Skoll.
Wider access to smartphones and super-fast Internet access are giving rise to a disturbing trend: a surge in on-demand, live-streaming online child sexual abuse.
Twitter Inc said it had moved to permanently suspend a number of user accounts for abuse and harassment after Ghostbusters actor Leslie Jones on July 18 drew renewed attention to the issue and announced she would quit the social media site.
Authorities in e-commerce hub in Zhejiang province take action after public expresses outrage at slew of reports of abuse appear online. Regulation limits number of hours, days youngsters can work and bans brands from using children under 10 as spokespeople.