Microsoft has acquired Two Hat to support content moderation on Xbox, MSN, and more

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft has acquired Two Hat, an AI-powered content filtration system.
  • Microsoft and Two Hat have already worked together for the past few years.
  • Two Hat's technology will continue to be used across Xbox, MSN and other parts of Microsoft.

Microsoft acquires Two Hat, a content moderation platform for filter messages, the company shared on Friday. Two Hat is a company that uses AI for content moderation on a vast scale, filtering online messages and providing increased user protection. Microsoft and Two Hat have already worked together for years prior to this acquisition, integrating Two Hat's protection across Xbox Live.

"I've witnessed the impact they've had within Xbox, and we are thrilled that this acquisition will further accelerate our first-party content moderation solutions across gaming, within a broad range of Microsoft consumer services, and to build greater opportunity for our third-party partners and Two Hat's existing clients' use of these solutions," says Dave McCarthy, corporate vice president of Xbox Product Services.

The price of this acquisition was not immediately disclosed. Microsoft is continuing to grow the reach of Xbox, aiming to reach more potential players than ever before through Xbox Cloud Gaming, meaning that more online scrutiny than ever before will be needed. Any potential Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S buyers can also know that Microsoft is working to make their online experience even safer.

Samuel Tolbert
Freelance Writer

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