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Facebook appeals for nude photos in battle against revenge porn

Facebook appeals for nude photos in battle against revenge porn

But after dealing with the fallout of learning you're a victim of revenge porn, the last thing you probably want to do upload a naked photo of yourself to Facebook.

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's goal is to prevent the uploading of intimate photos from a vengeful partner or someone who might seek to harm your reputation.

Image-based abuse (IBA), which is not just limited to porn or revenge, is a growing concern in Australia.

"If somebody tried to upload that same image, which would have the same digital footprint or hash value, it will be prevented from being uploaded", e-Safety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant told ABC.

In April, Facebook announced that it would take steps to combat "revenge porn".

The pilot scheme, which is now being rolled out on a trail basis, will see users complete an online form on the e-safety commissioner's website. Firstly, the user has to upload an explicit photo of themselves to the messenger (later delete the same from chat).

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The pilot is taking place in Australia, where Facebook (fb) is cooperating with the government's eSafety Commissioner in an initiative to prevent what it calls "image based abuse".

A recent study found that one in five Australians have been victims of revenge porn.

Facebook will then store these images for a short period of time before deleting them to ensure it is enforcing the policy correctly.

Facebook's technology will also work with Instagram.

It works like this: you send Facebook your nudes, the company's software has a look and then image matching algorithms will continuously comb the site to make sure that no images matching your nudes are posted. If successful the trial will spread to the United States, as well as the U.K. and Canada.

So if hackers were able to access this information from Facebook, Thompson said all they would see is a bunch of numbers that would be meaningless. Well, share your nude photo first with Facebook.

Once the image is sent via Messenger, Facebook would use technology to "hash" it, which means creating a digital fingerprint or link. Sexually explicit photos, and the threat of publishing them for the world to see, can then be used for blackmail.


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