Facebook is using nude photos to prevent the spread of nude photos

Facebook is asking users to upload nudes to stop revenge porn online

Facebook is using nude photos to prevent the spread of nude photos

Facebook wants users to upload nude pictures of themselves to Messenger. The company is testing a program in Australia that would mark each picture as non-consensual explicit material.

Obviously, Facebook users are feeling concern about what the social media platform will do with the intimate images once they are uploaded.

Australia's e-safety commissioner says revenge porn has been an increasing problem in the country.

"Facebook is very hard as well because they don't provide you with a direct line of communication like Google Legal does", he continued.

The idea is that hashed images would be completely anonymous and never seen by anyone during the fingerprinting process, and once processed they would be automatically blocked on all of Facebook's services - Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and so on. Facebook knows that there will be many people concerned about how it handles such sensitive content, and I imagine they have put a good deal of thought into minimising the chances that anything goes wrong. Facebook "in most cases" will delete the account of the person who first shared the image, Vice reported.

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

The trial feature will only work to stop the spread of nude photos on Facebook, not the rest of the internet.

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

Facebook introduced a reporting option for victims of revenge porn in April that worked across Facebook, Messenger and Instagram.

In Australia, Facebook's customer support team has been reviewing blurred versions of the image in order to determine whether or not it is explicit. "So 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", Julie Inman Grant of eSafety commission told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. If you report an image on Facebook as revenge porn, Facebook moderators will tag the image using photo-matching technology in an attempt to keep it from spreading.

But the real question is - who is ready to share their nudes with Facebook?

Grant and Facebook, however, are very confident of Facebook's anti revenge porn tool.

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