Facebook wants you to send in your nudes, to stop revenge porn

Caption + Facebook is asking users to send the company their nude

In a measure to prevent such incidents, Facebook wants users to upload nude pictures of themselves on messenger. Once this is done, Facebook can then create a digital fingerprint of the picture, marking it as a non-consensual explicit image.

Revenge porn in becoming an increasing problem but Facebook are doing all they can to stamp it out. The same, Facebook would like us to believe, will act to prevent anyone to get along with revenge porn tactics. If it succeeds, hopefully expect it rollout throughout the rest of the world if Facebook keeps getting government support.

Once you send the image to yourself, staff will create a hash of the photo, in other words, a digital fingerprint.

On Facebook's part getting a nude photo from a users, analysing it - hashing it is the technical word - will help the website pre-empt the abuse of users.

My hope and expectation is that Facebook will automate the process as much as possible, but that there may need to be some human involvement to review submitted images.

The social media company is right now testing the new strategy in Australia where it is working in collaboration with the office of the e-Safety Commissioner to device methods so that revenge porn can be dealt with.

"We see many scenarios where 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, she told Australian news outlet ABC".

Facebook is taking drastic steps to stop revenge porn. "Unfortunately, the issue of revenge porn, or unwanted distribution of compromising photos isn't one that can be solved by technology alone".

The new method is being practiced in Australia, the USA, the United Kingdom and Canada as a preventative tool in combating sextortion. Should someone attempt to upload that same nude image, with the same digital footprint, Facebook's technology would prevent that from happening. Nonetheless, Alex Stamos, Facebook chief security officer, said the company was improving its software in order to prevent such circumvention. If you're afraid a photo of yours might be shared on Facebook by, let's say, a excommunicated ex or a spurned spouse, you share that photo with Facebook, and they block that photo from ever showing up.

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