As a result, many threats are eliminated without human intervention and moderators at the company are notified later.Sites that operate with such software still should have one professional on safety patrol for every 2,000 users online at the same time, said Sacramento-based Metaverse Mod Squad, a moderating service.Filters and moderators are essential for a clean experience, said Claire Quinn, safety chief at a smaller site aimed at kids and young teens, Wee World.
Such efforts generally start with automated screening for inappropriate language and exchanges of personal information, and extend to using the records of convicted pedophiles' online chats to teach the software what to seek out.
They called the media company, which then alerted authorities.
Other sites aimed at children agree that such crises are rarities.
Officers took control of the teenager's computer and arrested the man the next day, said Special Agent Supervisor Jeffrey Duncan of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
The alleged predator has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of soliciting a minor.
Yet even though defensive techniques are now available and effective they can be expensive.