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Facebook: Send Us Nudes So We Can Fight Revenge Porn

Facebook: Send Us Nudes So We Can Fight Revenge Porn

The strategy, now in Australia, is to have individuals upload their own naked photos into the messenger app so Facebook can tag it as non-consensual explicit media.

Facebook is partnering with a small Australian Government agency to prevent sexual or intimate images being shared without the subject's consent.

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. One out of 25 Americans have been victims of revenge porn, according to a report from the New York-based Data & Society Research Institute. Should someone attempt to upload that same nude image, with the same digital footprint, Facebook's technology would prevent that from happening.

"They're not storing the image, they're storing the link and using artificial intelligence and other photo-matching technologies", Julie Inman Grant, e-Safety Commissioner, told ABC.

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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. In April it added the option for users to report pictures or video they are concerned have been shared without consent. Or want to ensure that you are not a victim of revenge porn?

Once you send the image to yourself, staff will create a hash of the photo, in other words, a digital fingerprint.

It is believed that a full four percent of U.S. internet users are victims of revenge porn. If successful the trial will spread to the United States, as well as the U.K. and Canada. If your nude photo ends up on Facebook where anyone can see and grab it, even if law enforcement catches the person responsible, the damage will continue. Before you tantalize him with those curves, send the image to yourself via Messenger and flag it "non-consensual intimate image". "Unfortunately, the issue of revenge porn, or unwanted distribution of compromising photos isn't one that can be solved by technology alone".

"This pilot has the potential to disable the control and power perpetrators hold over victims, particularly in cases of ex-partner retribution and sextortion, and the subsequent harm that could come to them", said Inman Grant.


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