Client-side or device-level moderation is the future of moderation as a result of its cost effective nature, rapid processing, and end to end safety, but it’s not some far off ideal. On-device moderation is here already — and here are five reasons you should make the switch.

1. Instantly Block or Approve Content

Delays in content being posted to a social platform or shared can often come down to the time it takes to upload content to a server, have it be checked, and then send an approval or rejection back. …


As some of you will know, we recently changed our name from CensorPic to DragonflAI, ushering a new version of our company.

History of CensorPic

I thought up the name CensorPic back in 2018 when forming the company, and distinctly remember throwing out some of the most unimaginative and derivative names at my friends until stumbling on CensorPic: a mash-up of Censorship and Pictures. In a rush to incorporate and really get started, I thought it was perfect.

Going forward, we raised money from private investors, won Scottish Edge under the name CensorPic, and were even awarded a trademark. But as we built…


The long year of lock down during a serious global pandemic has been tough on everyone, and as a startup working to stop child abuse material from spreading, we’ve scrutinized how this pandemic has made the problem worse.

So amidst the news on increasing lockdown measures and new strains of the Corona virus, we’re hoping to bring some good new by announcing a Beta version of our nudity detection algorithm is live! After spending the last year at home refining our algorithms to 97.4% accuracy and reducing our detection speed to as small as 0.08ms, …


In keeping with the debate about privacy versus protection discussed in an earlier blog, we’re continuing with a slightly more in depth look at the EARN IT Act, a bipartisan bill in the United States that, on the surface, is aimed at protecting children from sexual exploitation.

Focusing on aspects of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which historically has protected companies from any liability for content on their platforms,[1] this new act would remove these protections for any child sexual exploitation content. Co-authored by senators Lindsay Graham and Robert Blumenthal, the EARN IT Act proposes that companies will…


After a couple suspenseful weeks waiting to see who would win the Lockdown Nudity Detection Race, expecting notifications saying we violated rules and checking to see if our content was still visible, the results are in. So, without further ado, let’s have a look at which companies you thought would do a good job at stopping this content from being published, and then see if the ‘horses’ you backed in our poll ended up doing well.


After having its servers shut down in 2017, the immensely popular online game Club Penguin, which was one of the earliest social platforms for kids, has seen numerous copies pop up across the web. Playing off the nostalgia and enjoyment so many players had, these unauthorized games are everywhere and seem on the surface to be the same, but looking a bit closer showed a more nefarious side. These clones often feature racist, homophobic, and sexual comments in the chats, something that was previously not possible when the official servers had been up and running as they contained content filers…


With debates raging constantly about the benefits of End to End Encryption versus the need for law enforcement to access data, finding a way to appease the privacy advocates as well as keep technology users safe from heinous content is one of the biggest industry questions that needs to be answered.

At the end of last year, Matthew Green, a cryptographer and professor at Johns Hopkins University, wrote an article discussing this debate as it was primed to move into congress. This blog will focus primarily on the ideas brought forward in this article about how it may be possible…


Just a few days ago, TikTok had a respectable rating of 4.6 on the Google Play Store in India[1], where the app is hugely popular, but today?

Only 1.3 stars.[2]

So does this rapid decline in rating signify the end of TikTok in one of the most populated countries on the planet? Probably not, but it does seem to be the latest company to be affected by the trend of ‘cancel culture,’ which is generally discussed in relation to celebrity figures, but translates well here.

Since the start of the digital age, and with easy access to platforms like Twitter…


Following on from our recent blog investigating TikTok, we considered expanding our i.am.under.16 investigation to major 10 social media sites to see what verification steps were needed before uploading photos.

However, we realised that we could do so much more on top of testing verification, and given we’ve all been stuck in lockdown for so long with no F1, football or even darts to watch, today DragonflAI presents Lockdown Nudity Detection Race or LNDR for short.

The contenders:

Once our i.am.under.16 account is verified on all of the…


Almost a week after a fantastic launch of the forward thinking online safety organisation, OSTIA, we are even more excited and proud to be part of a group of companies that are working tirelessly to help the UK lead real innovation in online safety.

Following the lead of Edinburgh based Cyan Forensics and PUBLIC, all 14 tech companies in the association are well placed and determined to make an impact in their respective fields, and stand by the three key aims of OSTIA:

  • Provide a voice of hope by informing policy makers, technology providers and the general public about online…

Hannah Mercer

Founder of DragonflAI — On-Device Nudity Moderation. My mission is protect children by reducing the volume of child abuse online. www.dragonflai.co

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