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AI image training dataset found to include child sexual abuse imagery

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A popular training dataset for AI image generation contained links to child abuse imagery, Stanford’s Internet Observatory found, potentially allowing AI models to create harmful content.

LAION-5B, a dataset used by Stable Diffusion creator Stability AI and Google’s Imagen image generators, included at least 1,679 illegal images scraped from social media posts and popular adult websites.

The researchers began combing through the LAION dataset in September 2023 to investigate how much, if any, child sexual abuse material (CSAM) was present. They looked through hashes or the image’s identifiers. These were sent to CSAM detection platforms like PhotoDNA and verified by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.

The dataset does not keep…

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