Japan has developed a smartphone app that automatically deletes children's nude selfies from their phones as the nation tries to prevent sexual exploitation especially among minors.
Using artificial intelligence, the app was created as there has been a sharp increase in cases of adults using social media to contact children and later convince them to send their naked pictures.
According to a Kyodo News report, the idea of creating the app came through a collaboration between Tokyo based app developer Smartbooks Inc., Fujita Health University in Aichi Prefecture and the Nakamura police station in Nagoya.
When installed, the app not only deletes nude photos that it deems sexually exploitative but also sends messages warning the children's guardians about their activities.
The app is expected to be ready for public use by the end of the year.
One of the main issues for the app developers is on how to encourage and ensure children download the app on their smartphones.
They carried out a workshop at Fujita Health University on the issue, with around 70 students learning about the dangers of sexual abuse through social media, and then discussed on how children could be encouraged to install the app on their smartphones.
There were many suggestions and it ranged from having it pre-installed on smartphones, or giving student discounts to those who downloaded the app.
Smartbooks co-founder Naoto Tomita, 24, said his goal in developing the app was for every child to download it to protect themselves.
A similar sentiment was shared by the Nakamura police, with Nobuhiro Suzuki, a deputy manager at the police department's community safety division, saying the relationship between children and social media was becoming extremely entwined.
He said using this app was one way to address the sexual abuse of children by child predators.