Facebook Wants Your Nude Photos (for a Good Cause)

Phillip Butler
November 10, 2017

People concerned their nude pictures may be uploaded by an ex are being asked to send the images to Facebook so they can be blocked if they are posted in the future.

The "preemptive revenge porn defense" will be tested in Australia and 3 other countries for now, and to execute the idea, Facebook will be partnering with e-Safety, an Australian government agency focused on preventing digital abuse. The system, now being piloted in Australia in partnership with the country's eSafety Commissioner, allows users to upload nude photos preemptively directly to Facebook Messenger, so the company can create a digital fingerprint of sorts for the file to then prevent it from being uploaded maliciously in the future. We look forward to getting feedback and learning.

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.

"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", e-Safety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant told ABC.

"They're not storing the image, they're storing the link and using artificial intelligence and other photo-matching technologies", she said. The potential victim will then be instructed to send the images to their own Facebook account via the platform's Messenger system. The same hashing technology has been used for years to prevent the spread of child porn, and is also used by internet companies to share and block terrorist images, reported the Telegraph.

The social media network, Facebook, is combating "revenge porn" in a very unique way in Australia.

"To prevent adversarial reporting, at this time we need to have humans review the images in a controlled, secure environment", Stamos further explained on Twitter.

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