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Facebook Wants Your Nudes For Their New Anti-Revenge Porn Tool

09 November 2017, 12:57 | Bernard Bryant

Caption + Facebook is asking users to send the company their nude

Caption + Facebook is asking users to send the company their nude

Before submitting the pictures, users will have to fill out a form in the office of Australia's eSafety commissioner about their concerns, which is then sent to Facebook.

According to Tech Crunch, "The strategy entails uploading your nude photos or videos to Messenger in order to help Facebook tag it as non-consensual explicit media". In the new system, Facebook says, users upload the photos themselves as a preventive measure.

Facebook is now testing the system - starting in Australia, but spreading to other parts of the world - but it's not really clear how willing potential revenge porn victims will be to go along with the scheme.

"If someone fears they are at risk of revenge porn, they can contact e-Safety", they explained.

In the age of social media, "revenge porn" has become a serious issue for many people.

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

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Next, with the use of technology, Facebook will "hash" it, which means creating a digital fingerprint or link.

In March, Facebook was embroiled in a scandal when it emerged that a 30,000-strong private members group, Marine United, was routinely sharing images of nude women. Here's the catch: Facebook needs to have a nude photo to recognize and delete a nude photo.

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

Australia's e-Safety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant said Facebook is not storing the images, but only a digital footprint of them.

Back in May, Facebook announced it was hiring thousands of new employees who will be specifically tasked with monitoring and removing flagged posts. If another user tries to upload the same image on Facebook or Instagram, Facebook will test it against its stored hashes, and stop those labeled as revenge porn from being distributed. If you're fortunate enough to not know, revenge porn involves spreading someone's embarrassing nude photos without their consent, whether it's an ex-lover or a celebrity with poor iCloud security.

In April, Facebook announced that it would take steps to combat "revenge porn". I would imagine that they are using similar technology to that used by internet companies to identify child sexual abuse images - where they don't need to store a copy of the actual offending content, but instead have a database of "fingerprints" that can identify images and videos.



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