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Cybersecurity has been regarded as a necessity for all computer users, especially today when data breaches and malware attacks have become rampant.

However, one of the more overlooked aspects of cybersecurity is the prevention of other forms of cybercrime, such as the spread of harmful content and predatory behavior.

Most current discussions on cybersecurity revolve around organizations needing to protect customer data or for individual users to prevent their sensitive data from being intercepted. However, given the prevalence of toxic behavior, it’s about time the cybersecurity community also gives internet safety, especially for children and younger users, its due attention.

Israel-based startup L1ght aims to curb the spread of bad behavior online. It uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to detect harmful content, hate speech, bullying, and other predatory behavior in social networks, communication applications, and online video games.

The firm raised $15 million in seed funding to further develop its platform. The funding round was led by Mangrove Capital Partners, Tribeca Venture Partners, and Western Technology Investment.

Just recently, the governments of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, and the US, released eleven voluntary principles that aim to guide technology companies on how to mitigate and address child exploitation issues and abuse on their platforms. The Technology Coalition, which is composed of tech giants that include Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, has backed these principles. The group commits to both promote awareness and look for new technologies that can help address the problem.

L1ght is uniquely poised to a major player in this particular space.

The Spread of Online Toxicity

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.

Many internet users spread hate speech and exhibit abusive behavior to harm other users. More than half, or 59 percent, of teens in the US have experienced cyber bullying or online harassment. Victims of cyber bullying, forms of behavior such as name-calling, spreading false rumors, and physical threats, can suffer from negative psychological effects.

They are more likely to experience changes in their sleep patterns and to exhibit symptoms of depression.​

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