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L1ght Saves Kids From Online Toxicity, Using Data Science And A

I started L1ght because as a father, I suddenly became aware of the dangers my children were facing online and how these nefarious characters changed their tactics continuously to stay under the radar.

Can AI Save Kids? A Former California Entrepreneur of the Year Says Yes

But now he (Zohar Levkovitz) is pursuing a mission to save kids by launching L1ght, an algorithm-driven innovator designed to solve the crisis of online toxicity and how it impacts children.

TikTok struggles to protect teenage users from toxic videos

Our algorithms discovered very troubling content on TikTok. We are mostly worried by the fact that online violent trends could easily become real-life incidents, and set the wrong example for young generations.

Cyberbullying against Asian people skyrockets 900% in wake of pandemic

Hateful online abuse targeting Asian people has increased by a monstrous 900% since the coronavirus outbreak began, according to a report.

Coronavirus pandemic has led to a 900 PERCENT increase of hate speech toward China and Chinese people on Twitter, a new report reveals

L1ght analyzed millions of websites, social networks, teen chatting forums and gaming sites from December 2019 to today, along with images, videos and voice recordings to identify increases in hate speech, cyberbullying and general online toxicity.

Anti-Chinese Hate Speech Online Has Skyrocketed Since the Coronavirus Crisis Began

“Toxic tweets are using explicit language to accuse Asians of carrying the coronavirus and blaming people of Asian origin as a collective for spreading the virus.”

Coronavirus: Huge surge of hate speech toward Chinese on Twitter

The findings come as numerous US rights groups, activists and politicians have sounded the alarm about a surge in the number of racist incidents directed at Asian Americans.

Coronavirus: Huge surge of hate speech toward Chinese on Twitter

“People are spending more and more time on social networks, communication apps, chat rooms and gaming services, and the problems endemic to these platforms — hate, abuse, toxicity and bullying — have become accentuated.”

Advierten que el odio hacia China crece en las redes

Un informe de L1ght, una compañía que se especializa en medir la toxicidad en línea, sugiere que ha habido un crecimiento del 900 por ciento en el discurso de odio hacia China y sus ciudadanos en Twitter. [Spanish]

Q&A: The startup that's using AI to protect children online

L1ght uses proprietary algorithms provide a solution for social networks, communication apps, gaming platforms, and hosting providers to identify and eradicate many of the dangers for children associated with digital technology.

Doing Good Is No Longer Just For Nonprofits — It’s Also Tech Companies’ Responsibility

Businesses tend to do best when built around specific problems, child abuse included. L1ght, which uses AI to prevent people from hurting kids using toxic content online, has discovered toxic findings hosted via GIPHY, CloudFlare, Bing, and more.

L1ght Looks to Protect Internet Users from Toxic and Predatory Behavior

While the internet is now a critical part of everyone’s lives, it has also become a major cause for concern for parents and guardians around the world. More than half, or 59 percent, of teens in the US have experienced cyber bullying or online harassment. 

Tech Industry Heeds Calls for Better Protection against Online Child Abuse

L1ght is among the few ventures focused on protecting children’s safety online. L1ght is developed as a platform that can accurately identify and predict harmful behavior and content online, using artificial intelligence (AI).

Nude Child Photos and Other ‘Toxic Content’ Are on Giphy, Shared by Private Accounts Exploiting Loopholes, Researchers Say

L1ght also shared several other disturbing images hosted on Giphy, including another non-graphic depiction of sexual assault apparently lifted from a film.

L1ght raises $15 million for AI that protects children from online toxicity

It’s nearly impossible to monitor massive platforms manually, which is why automation and AI are playing increasing roles in the gatekeeping process.

Two ways social networks could control toxic content

Ron Porat, CTO of L1ght, discusses why platforms are failing to keep their sites free of hate speech, harassment, and other inappropriate content and how to fix it.

L1ght Spotlights the Shortfalls of Manual and Automated Content Moderation

L1ght’s algorithms are trained to think like kids and their potential attackers. By combining deep learning methodologies with human knowledge, we can spot nuance, slang, and secret meanings that other tools can’t. We can even predict when a conversation is about to take a wrong turn before it happens.

AI Startup L1ght Raises $15M Seed Round To Protect Children From Cyberbullying

L1ght’s algorithms were designed by a multidisciplinary team of cybersecurity experts, data scientists, psychologists, and anthropologists. 

Is Internet Company Cloudflare Servicing Alt-Right & Pedophilic Sites?

L1ght’s mission is to make the internet a safer place for children. L1ght has pointed out that Cloudflare is still currently providing security and infrastructure services to a multitude of abhorrent websites.

Anti-Cyberbullying Startup L1ght Raises $15 Million

L1ght develops technology to combat the online bullying of kids, which analyzes texts, videos, and soundbites to recognize hate speech, cyberbullying, and online threats

Fighting online abuse of kids: VC-backed startups step in where big tech struggles

L1ght’s technology analyzes contextual references over time to identify media that may seem harmless when viewed independently but is actually dangerous when examined in a broader context.

Anti-toxicity firm L1ght raises $15M to fight online abuse

L1ght co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Zohar Levkovitz said he created the anti-toxicity platform to tackle some of the dangers he felt his children face online. He said not enough was being done to address such problems.

"מצאנו בשנה האחרונה למעלה מ-100 אלף פדופילים ברשת" [Hebrew]

“אף אחד לא נענש ומשלם מחיר על מה שקורה לילדים שלנו ברשת, המוצר הזה משפר את העולם”

זוהר לבקוביץ' גייס 15 מיליון דולר כדי להגן על ילדים ברשת [Hebrew]

לייט מפתחת פלטפורמה מבוססת בינה מלאכותית, שיודעת לסנן כמויות אדירות של תכנים ולזהות תופעות של אלימות, בריונות ופדופיליה ברשת

[German] Ein israelisches Startup will Technologieunternehmen helfen, „die Sauerei aufzuräumen, die sie verursacht haben“

Das israelische Startup hat in seiner Seed-Finanzierung 15 Millionen US-Dollar eingesammelt.

Toxic online content filter co L1ght raises $15m

This enables the company to surpass what is possible with standard mathematical-based AI and standard machine learning algorithms, to provide a suite of solutions that are significantly more sophisticated than existing content moderation and filtering tools.

AI Startup L1ght Raises $15M Seed Round To Protect Children From CyberBullying

L1ght’s algorithms were designed by a multidisciplinary team of cybersecurity experts, data scientists, psychologists, and anthropologists.

L1ght Secures $15m Seed Funding to Fight Against Online Toxicity

The company aims to reduce instances of cyberbullying and the propagation of harmful content by using AI.

Daily funding roundup

L1ght is an anti-toxicity startup using AI to detect and filter harmful online content to protect children. L1ght has raised $15 million in seed funding co-led by Mangrove Capital Partners and Tribeca Venture Partners.

Anti-cyberbullying AI startup L1ght secures $15M seed funding to protect children from online toxicity

The startup is on a mission to eradicate online toxicity from the lives of children around the world.

Israeli startup L1ght wins $15 million seed funding for AI-based content filter that protects kids online

Built on proprietary algorithms, the L1ght platform is essentially a one-stop shop for customers who want to monitor and protect an online community, such as social networks, communication apps, gaming platforms, and hosting providers.

AI Startup L1ght Secures $15 Million Seed Round to Combat Online Toxicity

The company built technology that can detect and predict toxic content in online text, audio, videos, or images.

L1ght Raises $15M in Seed to Defeat Toxicity Online

The company aims to reduce online toxicity using artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze and predict toxicity that could hurt kids as they surf the web, play multiplayer games or use communication apps – but not by working directly with kids or parents, but plugging in to the social platforms themselves (B2B).

Fighting online abuse of kids: VC-backed startups step in where big tech struggles

A startup using AI and algorithms to protect children from online abuse, including cyberbullying, shaming and exposure to hate speech.

L1ght Raises $15 Million In Seed Funding to Prevent Toxicity Online

L1ght, a B2B tool that plugs directly into social platforms, will use the funding for product R&D and distribution to popular online platforms.

Report Alleges Child Pornography, Hate Speech Hiding Under Cloudflare’s Protection

In some cases, it appears the hosting platforms simply don’t moderate uploads and allow child pornography and other exploitative content to exist. In other cases, that type of material appears to be actively promoted on the sites.

Microsoft’s new message scanning tool can help identify sexual predators in chatrooms

Kids face a never-ending stream of cyberbullying, self-harm encouragement, shaming and more. It’s important to add that grooming is just one of the many dangers that younger generations encounter in the digital world. 

TikTok rushes to build moderation teams as concerns rise over content

We are mostly worried by the fact that online violent trends could easily become real-life incidents, and set the wrong example for young generations.

Report: Cloudflare provided CDN services to sites hosting exploitative child content

L1ght’s AI has been trained to catch text, images, or video that relates to child exploitation and estimates the cloud company’s CDN hosts tens to hundreds of websites featuring exploitative child networks. 

Security Firm Cloudfare Provided Protection to Child Pornography Sites, Report Says

The company found sites with hashtags and other triggers that attract pedophiles. Some of the sites appeared to not be moderating the material, while in others, the matter appears to be actively publicized.

Report Alleges Child Pornography, Hate Speech Hiding Under Cloudflare’s Protection

The company found multiple video hosting sites that contain hashtags and other triggers that attract and serve to signal pedophiles. In some cases, it appears the hosting platforms simply don’t moderate uploads and allow child pornography and other exploitative content to exist. 

Researchers Found An Underground Network Of Illicit And Abusive Content On Giphy

L1ght analyzed a series of hashtags using its algorithms that are designed to uncover toxic and potentially dangerous content. According to the company, it was able to find an apparently organized effort to host a “secret stash” of disturbing GIFs that display intimated acts of child abuse, self-harm, body mutilation and other upsetting and harmful images

Despite bans, Giphy still hosts self-harm, hate speech and child sex abuse content

L1ght has uncovered a host of toxic content hiding within the popular GIF-sharing community, including illegal child abuse content, depictions of rape and other toxic imagery associated with topics like white supremacy and hate speech

L1ght Leverages AI To Defeat Online Toxicity

L1ght made headlines for removing over 130K pedophiles from public groups on WhatsApp, and for getting Google and Facebook to purge apps that were monetizing links to questionable WhatsApp groups. They later got Bing to remove underage porn from its search results.

L1ght: Protecting children from online darkness

These forms of toxicity include cyberbullying, hate speech, relentless criticism, false rumors, inappropriate content, racism, sexism, and sexual predators. Online toxicity is also found within chats and online forums, particularly within the gaming community and public groups on messaging services.

5 Digital Trends To Pay Attention To In 2019

Using deep learning, we can monitor and predict suspicious behavior — whether communicated through text, audio, image, or video — and provide a contextual analysis that older solutions can’t provide.

[Hebrew] The founder that wants to save kids from toxicity

Online violence hurts more kids than any other disease, and Zohar Levkovitz is trying to solve it.

Microsoft's search engine Bing shows child pornography, report finds

Online safety company, found multiple cases of the illegal images showing up in the search engine’s results (L1ght previously known as AntiToxin).

AntiToxin sells safetytech to clean up poisoned platforms

The tech giants have proven time and time again we can’t rely on them. They’ve abdicated their responsibility. Parents need to realize this problem won’t be solved by these companies (L1ght previously known as AntiToxin).

Microsoft's Bing search engine served up child porn, report says

An online safety startup says certain search terms brought up child porn images and related keywords (L1ght previously known as AntiToxin).

WhatsApp fails to curb sharing of child sex abuse videos

Toxicity found on popular communication platform surprises those using it with shocking content (L1ght previously known as AntiToxin).

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