Send Nudes: Facebook Wants Naked Pictures of Users to Fight Revenge Porn

Facebook suggests users upload nudes to avoid revenge porn

Facebook asks users to upload nudes to fight revenge porn

Facebook is asking users to send the company their nude photos in an effort to tackle revenge porn, in an attempt to give some control back to victims of this type of abuse.

According to Australia's eSafety office, 1 in 5 Australians has faced image-based abuse, where an intimate photo has been posted to social media without their consent.

ABC News reports that the system is being trialled in Australia and three other countries. Anytime someone tries to upload a photo, it is checked against that fingerprint and rejected if it matches.

It's done by first contacting the e-safety commissioner or regional equivalent (e-safety commissioner is an Australian position, and this test is being carried out in Australia), after which, you will then be advised to send the photo to yourself.

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But a Facebook spokesman told the Daily Beast that in order to determine whether the images actually qualify as revenge porn, a member of Facebook's community operations team must first view the uncensored image in full. There's no word yet on how long the trial may run.

There are laws against revenge porn, but the scourge is hard to fight against in practical terms.

Clarifying on its plans, Facebook said it would hash the image which essentially means creating a digital footprint of the image. 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.

In the age of social media, "revenge porn" has become a serious issue for many people. New image-matching technology would then access and tag the image to prevent anyone from sharing it on their platforms. One out of 25 Americans have been victims of revenge porn, according to a report from the New York-based Data & Society Research Institute. If the new feature proves successful, the trial will be expanded to the US, the United Kingdom, and Canada, Newsweek reported. That algorithm is now being put into practice to help users remove photos that were shared without their consent. "They're not storing the image, they're storing the link", Grant replied to concerns about who at Facebook is seeing this material. More protections for people who could be affected by revenge porn are desperately needed, but this method of protecting privacy has some people unnerved.

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