Published: Fri, November 10, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

Facebook Urges Consumers To Send Nude Photos To Prevent Their Upload

Facebook Urges Consumers To Send Nude Photos To Prevent Their Upload

Basically, once a user sends their nude photos to Facebook, the company can "hash" the images and specifically find ways to recognise and block them if they pop up anywhere else on Facebook, Messenger, or Instagram.

Facebook would then use technology to "hash" the photo - basically creating a digital fingerprint of the image.

The nude program is now being tested in Australia, with e-safety commissioner Julia Inman Grant revealing in an interview with ABC that she's fully on board with the scheme.

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Facebook is doing this in partnership with Australian government agency eSafety in order to try to prevent people from sharing intimate images without consent.

The Guardian quoted Carrie Goldberg, a New York-based lawyer who specializes in sexual privacy, saying: "We are delighted that Facebook is helping solve this problem - one faced not only by victims of actual revenge porn but also individuals with worries of imminently becoming victims".

Users will be asked to send the imagery to themselves on Messenger while the eSafety Commissioner's office notifies Facebook of their submission. If someone fears they are at risk of revenge porn, they can contact eSafety.

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

Some critics, however, suggest a better method would be one that doesn't require uploading the image in the first place.

She said the plan, "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".

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Facebook is testing an unusual way to put an end to revenge porn - they need your intimate images to do it. It used this to prevent the image spreading and closed down the majority of accounts reported to it as hosting such images.

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