Give Facebook your nude pics to tackle revenge porn

Facebook asks for users' nude photos so it can block revenge porn later on

Julie Inman Grant, Australia's e-Safety commissioner, said Facebook would not permanently store the images, only their digital fingerprints, which are capable of blocking further attempts to upload the pictures but can not be decoded to produce the images themselves.

The system it is trying would prevent specific photos ever being uploaded to Facebook, Instagram or Messenger - but you do have to privately share them with Facebook first ...

Facebook is partnering with a Australian government agency to prevent such image-based abuses, the Australia Broadcasting Corp reported.

"If someone fears they are at risk of revenge porn, they can contact e-Safety", they explained.

"We would expect that Facebook has absolutely watertight systems to guard the privacy of victims". The original image is encrypted and stored as a file on Facebook's servers like a virtual fingerprint, so it should stay secure once you upload it through Facebook Messenger.

The company is testing a new feature that will enable users to upload their own illicit images so that they can be quickly flagged up.

The plan is that Facebook will hash the images, encoding them with a unique identifier.

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Facebook will then be able to track the hash online with the help of the algorithms used in photos and video matching tools.

There are laws against revenge porn, but the scourge is hard to fight against in practical terms.

In April, Facebook announced that it would take steps to combat "revenge porn".

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

"They're storing the link and using artificial intelligence and other photo-matching technologies", said Grant.

You want Facebook to remove your racy photos that your disgruntled ex shared on the social media? However, a May report indicated that the social network was "flooded" with cases of revenge porn and sextortion, with almost 54,000 cases of the crime reported in just a month; 33 of which involved children. "We look forward to getting feedback and learning", a Facebook spokesman said. Should someone attempt to upload that same nude image, with the same digital footprint, Facebook's technology would prevent that from happening.

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