Published: Thu, November 09, 2017
Research | By Derrick Holloway

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

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

For it is asking its members to upload their own nude images or videos on Messenger so that the social media company can create a hash of those.

The trial is being run alongside Australia's e-Safety Commission, and asks any users anxious about ex-partners posting intimate photos to provide the images to the social network so they can be marked and prevented from appearing online in future. But before an image is hashed, your intimate photos will be looked at by someone at Facebook.

"They're not storing the image; they're storing the link and using artificial intelligence and other photo-matching technologies", Inman Grant explained.

"It would be like sending yourself your image in email, but obviously this is a much safer, secure end-to-end way of sending the image", Grant said.

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In April, Facebook first came up with similar, though less powerful, tools to limit revenge porn. CNBC reports Facebook's anti-revenge porn pilot program is available in the U.S., U.K., and Canada.

The limited pilot program is available in three other countries: the U.S., U.K., and Canada. Should someone attempt to upload that same nude image, with the same digital footprint, Facebook's technology would prevent that from happening.

Individuals who have shared intimate, nude or sexual images with partners and are anxious that the partner (or ex-partner) might distribute them without their consent can use Messenger to send the images to be "hashed".

Earlier this year, lawyer Daniel Szalkiewicz criticized social networks, and in particular Facebook, for having "broken" revenge porn policies.

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Partnering with the Australian government's eSafety Office, the Menlo Park, California-based tech giant will accept the naked selfies via its Messenger app from persons who fear, for example, that a jilted lover has or is about to share images that are intimate in nature.

Revenge porn is increasingly a problem around the world.

"But the rest depends on Facebook's security controls around this".

Roughly 4% of US internet users have been victims of revenge porn, according to a 2016 report from the Data & Society Research Institute. 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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