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To Combat Revenge Porn, Facebook Asks Users To Register Nude Photos

To Combat Revenge Porn, Facebook Asks Users To Register Nude Photos”

Facebook is asking some of its users to send them their nude pictures. The social media platform will then create a unique "digital fingerprint" of the intimate image in an effort to stop any copies of those images from being uploaded to either Facebook or Instagram by either a disgruntled lover or a hacker.

Australian government's e-Safety Commissioner has launched a range of measures to counter image based abuse and revenge porn.

Revenge porn in becoming an increasing problem but Facebook are doing all they can to stamp it out.

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. Firstly, the user has to upload an explicit photo of themselves to the messenger (later delete the same from chat). If they decide the images have been shared violate Facebook's community standards, in many cases, the account which shared the image will be disabled, the company said.

The way it works is simple: You send yourself the image using Messenger, then Facebook converts it into an identifiable code, which it uses to block attempts to upload the same picture to any of its services.

Australia is one of four countries taking part in this pilot project, Facebook's head of global security, Antigone Davis told ABC.

Facebook's customer support team will then review a blurred version of the image to ensure it's explicit, then "hash" it before deletion.

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

According to reports, Australians who believe they may have had their private photos stolen or shared will contact e-Safety.

For Facebook, revenge porn is a big issue. Australia's safety commish Julie Inman Grant defended the experiment, arguing "they're not storing the image".

According to The Guardian, in Australia, Facebook is planning to mark your nudes as "do not post".

Facebook, being the most prominent social network on the web, has developed tools to prevent such content from spreading and get removed as soon as possible.

Clarifying on its plans, Facebook said it would hash the image which essentially means creating a digital footprint of the image.



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