Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Facebook wants your nudes to combat revenge porn

A Like logo at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park Calif A Like logo at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park Calif
Delores Daniels | 10 November, 2017, 01:07

The BBC understands that members of Facebook's community operations team will look at the images in order to make a "fingerprint" of them to prevent them being uploaded again. It uses "cutting-edge" technology to prevent resharing of the images on its platforms, which includes Messenger and Instagram.

Facebook wants your nudes. He questions how Facebook will protect that uploaded image from hackers.

From there - and once the user has completed an online form through the website of Australia's eSafety Commissioner - a member of Facebook's Community Operations team reviews the image and then "hashes" it, or creates a numerical representation of the image that Facebook says can not be read by humans.

If a user thinks she might be a potential revenge porn target, she contacts e-Safety, which then instructs the user to upload any suggestive photos and/or videos she thinks might be used against her into Facebook Messenger.

The nude program is now being tested in Australia, with e-safety commissioner Julia Inman Grant revealing in an interview with ABC that she's fully on board with the scheme.

It's all in an effort to stop revenge porn.

Inman Grant, the e-Safety Commissioner, told ABC Australia that the images wouldn't be stored on Facebook's servers, just the digital print.

Facebook is expected to test out the program soon in the United States, the UL and Canada.

"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", said Antigone Davis, Facebook's head of global safety, in a statement.

This allows for the image to be blocked from further distribution on Facebook, Instagram and Messenger as a pre-emptive strike against revenge porn, which has become a common method of abuse and exploitation online in recent years.

It will then be up to the sender to delete the image.

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