Facebook wants you to upload nude photos to combat 'revenge porn'

Facebook wants you to upload nude photos to combat 'revenge porn'

Facebook is testing a new system to combat users posting intimate photos of their former significant others for revenge.

Back in April, Facebook took steps aimed at combating revenge porn in Canada and the U.S., allowing users to flag an image they suspect was posted without consent. Compromising images that are shared with Facebook will be hashed to create a digital fingerprint which the company can then use to identify the same images if they are uploaded by someone else.

Facebook will then store these images for a short period of time before deleting them to ensure it is enforcing the policy correctly.

"We see many scenarios where maybe photos or videos were taken consensually at one point, but there was not any sort of consent to send the images or videos more broadly", Ms Inman Grant said.

The same hashing technology has been used for years to prevent the spread of child porn, and is also used by internet companies to share and block terrorist images.

Individuals who have shared intimate, nude or sexual images with partners and are anxious that the partner (or ex-partner) might distribute them without their consent can use Messenger to send the images to be "hashed".

Facebook's Head of Global Safety, Antigone Davis, said the pilot is an industry first, and builds on the non-consensual intimate images tool announced by Facebook in April that uses cutting-edge technology to prevent the re-sharing of images on its platforms.

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During the trial, those anxious about their images being posted as revenge porn have to contact Australia's e-Safety commissioner through an online form, which may then suggest providing them to Facebook. It was even the topic of a Netflix documentary titled, "Revenge Porn".

The limited pilot program is available in three other countries: the U.S., U.K., and Canada.

The catch? Before Facebook creates the fingerprint, actual human employees - not a computer algorithm - will see the racy photos in full.

In our bad cyberpunk world full of hellish new tech-based ways to harass and abuse people (especially women) online, revenge porn is one of the most pernicious.

One in 25 Americans is a victim of "nonconsensual image sharing, according to a 2016 report from Data & Society Research Institute 2016".

Because of these high numbers, Carrie Goldberg, a lawyer who specializes in sexual privacy, welcomed Facebook's revenge porn plan.

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