Facebook to use naked images to combat revenge porn

Mandy Carr
November 9, 2017

Facebook is testing a new method to combat revenge porn in Australia.

In the Australian pilot, users must first complete an online form on the e-safety commissioner's website outlining their concerns.

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Once the image is sent through Messenger, Facebook would "hash" it, meaning that it would use technology to create a digital fingerprint or link.

"As part of our continued efforts to better detect and remove content that violates our community standards, we're using image matching technology to prevent non-consensual intimate images from being shared on Facebook, Instagram, Facebook Groups and Messenger", Davis said.

"Yes, they're not storing a copy, but the image is still being transmitted and processed". Facebook says if you send the photo to the company first, it will make sure it never shows up on its site.

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From that point, any attempts to upload or share the same image will be blocked, the Guardian reports.

"This partnership gives Australians a unique opportunity to proactively inoculate themselves from future image-based abuse by coming to our portal and reporting tool", said Julie Inman Grant, Australia's eSafety Commissioner, in a statement.

Now the Facebook's new way to tackle revenge porn is going to be tested only in Australia although a Facebook spokesperson told the Guardian that it is exploring partnerships with other organisations in other countries to test something similar. What's more, images will be blurred and stored by Facebook and "available to a small number of people", according to the Daily Beast. The sender is then also recommended to delete the image.

In April, Facebook detailed plans to fight revenge porn, including an artificial intelligence tool capable of matching photos to prevent them from appearing on platforms like Messenger or Instagram.

Grant said the process will be similar to sending yourself an image via email but is a safer and more secure way of sending the nude images, without them going through the ether. "Otherwise, someone could upload the famous "tank man" photo, call it revenge porn, and censor it that way".

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

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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