Facebook: send nudes and we'll protect you against revenge porn

Facebook: send nudes and we'll protect you against revenge porn

In a rather unorthodox new method aimed at combating the issue of revenge porn, Facebook has asked it's Australian users to upload their own explicit photographs.

If you're anxious someone might try to spread nude photos of you, Facebook has a possible solution for you: Send your nude photos to them first.

Facebook would then "hash" the photo, meaning create a digital fingerprint or a link to the image.

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. What's more, images will be blurred and stored by Facebook and "available to a small number of people", according to the Daily Beast.

This policy puts the responsibility on users to prevent anticipated abuse, and it also signals that Facebook doesn't totally trust its beloved algorithms to do the job.

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The proportion rises to 10 percent in women under the age of 30 - and internet users who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual are far more likely than heterosexuals to experience threats of or actual nonconsensual image-sharing.

Revenge porn can result in prison sentences in many countries, but it remains a major problem on the social network, with an average 54,000 cases a month. The social media juggernaut recently rolled out a new program for making sure no one can see your private pictures if you don't want them to. If it succeeds, hopefully expect it rollout throughout the rest of the world if Facebook keeps getting government support. Roughly four percent of US internet users have been victims of revenge porn, according to a 2016 Data & Society Research Institute report.

Facebook's Head of Global Safety, Antigone Davis, said the pilot is an industry first, and builds on the non-consensual intimate images tool announced by Facebook in April that uses cutting-edge technology to prevent the re-sharing of images on its platforms. "Some information is more valuable for hackers, and hashed photos could be one of them".

Because of these high numbers, Carrie Goldberg, a lawyer who specializes in sexual privacy, welcomed Facebook's revenge porn plan.

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