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Facebook Wants Your Nude Photos (for a Good Cause)

Facebook Wants Your Nude Photos (for a Good Cause)

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 company aims to tackle revenge porn by inviting users to send it compromising photos so they can be permanently blocked from the sites it operates.

Facebook Australia's plan to fight revenge porn seems a bit counterintuitive.

People in Australia who are concerned that a former partner may distribute intimate photos of them on Facebook can use Messenger to send the photos to be "hashed", according to the office of Australia's e-safety commissioner.




They will keep the blurred image for some time to ensure the technology is working correctly before deleting it. Adults who have shared nude or sexually explicit photos with someone online, and who are anxious about unauthorized distribution, can report images to the Australian government's eSafety Commission. "It's a protective measure that can help prevent a much worse scenario where an image is shared more widely". While the initial report made clear that it was not in fact counter-productive and gave Facebook the means to track the files across its network, many people still walked away from the story bewildered.

"As part of our continued efforts to better detect and remove content that violates our community standards, we're using image matching technology to prevent non-consensual intimate images from being shared on Facebook, Instagram, Facebook Groups and Messenger". At that point, Facebook will delete the image from its servers. Stamos went on to say that Facebook takes steps to protect the data and only retains non-reversible hashes.

But that still requires human workers and human eyes on the sensitive images.

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