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Revenge porn: Facebook wants nude photos

Revenge porn: Facebook wants nude photos

Facebook users are being asked to send their naked photos and videos to the tech giant in a bid to tackle revenge porn. The social media platform wants its members to preemptively upload their nude and intimate pictures to Facebook for safe-keeping.

In the pilot scheme, users complete an online form outlining their concerns on the e-safety commissioner's website - and it notifies Facebook of the situation. They then securely send the photos to themselves via Messenger, a process that allows Facebook to "hash" them, creating a unique digital fingerprint.

"We must redouble efforts to challenge the root causes - challenging those who share images without consent", she said. He questions how Facebook will protect that uploaded image from hackers.

The "preemptive revenge porn defense" will be tested in Australia and 3 other countries for now, and to execute the idea, Facebook will be partnering with e-Safety, an Australian government agency focused on preventing digital abuse.

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"We're using image-matching technology to prevent non-consensual intimate images from being shared."
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.

On the other hand, eSafety commissioner Julie Inman Grant told AFP, "It removes control and power from the perpetrator who is ostensibly trying to amplify the humiliation of the victim amongst friends, family and colleagues".

Turns out, before the image can be "hashed", an actual human at Facebook has to look at it to make sure it "fits the definition of revenge porn".

The pilot program will also be tested in the United Kingdom, and Canada, as well as here in the US, where one in 25 Americans have been a victim of revenge porn.