Microsoft Acquires Two Hat

Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) acquired Two Hat, a Kelowna, BC, Canada-based content moderation solution.

The amount of the deal was not disclosed.

This acquisition will combine innovative technology, research capabilities, teams and the cloud infrastructure of the two companies and will enable Microsoft to help global online communities to be safer and inclusive for everyone to participate, positively contribute and thrive.

Led by founder Chris Priebe, Two Hat provides a content moderation solution that offers protection measures for online communities with a vision to build enhanced experiences for everyone. The AI-powered content moderation platform classifies, filters, and escalates more than 102 billion human interactions, including messages, usernames, images, and videos a month, all in real-time.

With a focus on surfacing online harms including cyberbullying, abuse, hate speech, violent threats, and child exploitation, the company enables clients across a variety of social networks to foster safe and healthy user experiences.

The platform includes:

  • Automated text, username, image, and video classification and moderation
  • Patented User Reputation system
  • 20 global languages built by native speakers
  • Automated classification, triage, and moderation of reported content
  • Flexible workflows with automated actions including suspend, ban, mute, etc
  • Content queues and escalation for human moderation
  • Reports and data analysis

The technology has enabled to make global communities in Xbox, Minecraft and MSN safer for users.