Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Facebook asks users to upload nudes to fight revenge porn

Facebook wants users to share their nude photos with it as it fights revenge porn Facebook requests nude photos from users in a bid to tackle revenge porn
Heather Davidson | 09 November, 2017, 01:30

After that they will be asked to submit a nude image, which will be then passed on to Facebook.

Facebook will store these images for a short period of time before deleting them to ensure it is enforcing the policy correctly, the company said.

The limited pilot program is available in three other countries: the U.S., U.K., and Canada.

Social media giant Facebook has joined hands with an Australian government agency to fight "image-based abuse", commonly known as "revenge porn".

Grant said the process will be similar to sending yourself an image via email but is a safer and more secure way of sending the nude images, without them going through the ether.

"With its billions of users, Facebook is one place where many offenders aggress because they can maximize the harm by broadcasting the nonconsensual porn to those most close to the victim", she said.

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The pilot provides a portal for people concerned that an intimate image may be shared online to report it to the Office of the eSafety Commissioner who will notify Facebook to prevent any instances of the image being uploaded. Facebook then builds a "hash" of the image, meaning it creates a unique fingerprint for the file. Privacy issues arise with the initial sending and receiving of the image, which could potentially be intercepted by hackers if not done securely.

Facebook has come up with an unusual method of tackling the menace of revenge porn, one that might even seem insane as well.

Nude and other explicit or intimate photos taken during a relationship are being posted online as a way to embarrass people after a breakup. The AI program in use here is again the same that is already in use to identify photos and matching faces. It is referred to incidents where disgruntled men or women share nude photos and videos of their ex partners on social media site after a breakup. "It's a case of shutting the barn door once the horse has bolted".

Facebook is testing a controversial new strategy they claim will help protect its users from becoming victims of revenge porn. It is then hashed and deleted.

Facebook and other tech companies including Microsoft, Google and YouTube also use hashing technology to prevent extremist material and child abuse content from being uploaded to their platforms.

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