Facebook asking for nude photos to protect users

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Facebook is asking some users to send nude photos of themselves in an effort to combat social media "revenge porn".

Facebook is testing an unusual way to put an end to revenge porn - they need your intimate images to do it.

Would you trust Facebook with your nude photos?

Editors' Note: Adult Australians concerned that an intimate image may be shared online can complete an online form on the eSafety Commissioner's official website detailing their concerns.

The site said by having your nude photo, they can use a recognition algorithm to make sure the same image is never uploaded again by anyone else.


"Yes, they're not storing a copy, but the image is still being transmitted and processed".

"We've been participating in the Global Working Group to identify new solutions to keep people safe, and we're proud to partner with Facebook on this important initiative as it aims to empower Australians to stop image-based abuse in its tracks", said Julie Inman Grant, eSafety Commissioner.

The program in Australia is in conjunction with the government's e-Safety Commission, an office dedicated to promoting digital safety, especially for children. The updated system would analyze metadata and fight against a third party altering the tagging of the original content, similar to measures Facebook implemented back in April in its last attempt to curb the spread of revenge porn.

"They're not storing the image, they're storing the link and using artificial intelligence and other photo-matching technologies", she said.

Facebook has already gives users the option to report revenge porn, and will remove pictures and block the person who uploaded them from future sharing. Clifford Neuman has taken a first look at the new Facebook pilot program in Australia that will also come to the U.S. The program is a protection tool.

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