Facebook Wants Your Nude Photos For This Surprising Reason

Facebook Wants Your Nude Photos For This Surprising Reason

The program, which is now only being deployed in Australia, creates a digital thumbprint of the images, known as "hashing", that users don't want spread without their consent on Facebook. This will work for images shared on the main Facebook service, but also for images shared privately via Messenger, Facebook's IM app.

Australia is the first country to test this new system and here's how it works.

For those unaware, "revenge porn" also known as non-consensual pornography is the sexually explicit portrayal of images or videos of a person posted on the Internet, typically by a former sexual partner, without their consent or knowledge.

The commissioner further stated that through the initiative, victims of "image-based" abuse would be able to take actions before such photos can be posted on Facebook, Messenger, or Instagram.

But in very surprising news, Facebook has asked users to send in their nude photos.

The test feature is made possible by another change put in place earlier this year by the social network, in which the company allowed users to start reporting images that may be considered revenge porn.

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By collaborating with the eSafety office, victims of revenge porn could take back any image by storing it in a way that it will be hard for anyone to upload it to Facebook, or Instagram or Messenger. If anyone else tries to upload the same image to Facebook, it'll be automatically blocked.

You will be able to take action to stop your nude pictures from being shared by anyone before the act is committed, said e-Safety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant. Once the photo is uploaded, the user can report that photo and Facebook will create a hash of the image-a cryptographic signature that is used to identify a file.

"We see many scenarios where maybe photos or videos were taken consensually at one point, but there was not any sort of consent to send the images or videos more broadly", Ms Inman Grant said.

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

"[Facebook] came to the conclusion as one of the major technology companies in the world that this was the safest way for users to share the digital footprints", she added.

The new system is now being tested in Australia, though the company intends to expand it to other countries in the future if the experiment goes well. "These tools, developed in partnership with global safety experts, are one example of how we're using new technology to keep people safe and prevent harm".

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