Send your nude images to Facebook to stop revenge porn

Facebook suggests users upload nudes to avoid revenge porn

According to Australia's eSafety Commission, if you're concerned that your intimate photos may end up on Instagram or Facebook, you will be asked to send your own nude photos to yourself in a Facebook message.

Facebook aims to create a digital signature of the nude images that users submit so that no porn material can ever be submitted in future. Users then send the posts to themselves over Facebook's Messenger app.

Right now the measure is part of a pilot project in Australia, which Facebook has announced in collaboration a government agency on e-safety headed by Julia Inman Grant.

Facebook is testing a new feature to prevent revenge porn on its platform.

"We would expect that Facebook has absolutely watertight systems to guard the privacy of victims".

It will store a "fingerprint" of images to prevent any copies of them being shared by disgruntled ex-lovers. If Facebook has the photos, it can specifically recognize and instantly block them if they turn up elsewhere on Facebook, Messenger, or even Instagram.

"With its billions of users, Facebook is one place where many offenders aggress because they can maximize the harm by broadcasting the nonconsensual porn to those most close to the victim", she said.

The Australian Office of the safety commission declared that they have partnered with the Facebook on a pilot scheme that will allow anyone to report such photos.


Facebook's customer support team will then review a blurred version of the image to ensure it's explicit, then "hash" it before deletion.

It is important to note that 4% of US internet users have become victims of revenge porn, according to a 2016 study.

Facebook and other technology companies use this photo-matching technology to tackle other forms of banned content, including child sex abuse and extremist imagery.

Clarifying on its plans, Facebook said it would hash the image which essentially means creating a digital footprint of the image.

After that, it would be up to the company's AI tech to prevent anyone from uploading porn depicting the same person.

"Revenge porn" is horrendous enough as it is, without technology companies making the problem worse.

Revenge porn is a growing issue, and Facebook is piloting a novel scheme to combat it.

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