Published: Thu, November 09, 2017
Research | By Francis Brooks

Facebook: send nudes and we'll protect you against revenge porn

Facebook: send nudes and we'll protect you against revenge porn

The company is testing a program in Australia that would mark each picture as non-consensual explicit material.

Users concerned about intimate images of themselves ending up on Facebook are being invited to send the photos to themselves using Facebook's Messenger app.

Facebook is working with an Australian government agency on the project.

The victims of revenge porn often give initial consent to sharing their photos with one other person, only to find out later that the images have fallen in the hands of a stranger. "So if somebody tried to upload that same image, which would have the same digital footprint or hash value, it will be prevented from being uploaded", Grant said.

Facebook has come up with an unusual method of tackling the menace of revenge porn, one that might even seem insane as well. The potential victim will then be instructed to send the images to their own Facebook account via the platform's Messenger system.

Grant sought to allay concerns of users about what Facebook would do with the photos they upload.

Nintendo launches "legendary" Black Friday deals and more
For fans of Pokémon: A Poké Ball Edition New Nintendo 2DS XL system at a suggested retail price of $159.99 (launches November 3). The catch is that it's only for the Nintendo Switch , so if you were somehow still eyeing the Wii U version you're out of luck.

Power of Passport: India fares worse than Zimbabwe, but better than Pakistan
THE LITTLE Red Dot has huge passport power , with a new index crowning Singapore's passport the best to own of any country's. The firm judged the passports by how many countries they allow holders to visit without applying for a visa.

Media is 'obsessed' with Russian Federation probe, but Americans don't care: White House
She mostly took questions on the indictments and plea deal but also took a few on tax reform. And he was part of a list that was read out in the Washington Post .

Australia is one of four countries participating in the Facebook pilot program, Antigone Davis, Facebook's head of global security told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Revenge porn is increasingly a problem around the world.

Once that happens, Facebook's analysts "hash" the image, storing a unique fingerprint which prevents further instances being uploaded and shared.

It is believed that a full four percent of U.S. internet users are victims of revenge porn. Once they have sent the image, Facebook's technology would "hash" or create a digital fingerprint of it.

The new method is being practiced in Australia, the USA, the United Kingdom and Canada as a preventative tool in combating sextortion.

In 2015, it became illegal in Wales and England to share private or sexual images or video without the subject's permission, and as of April 2017, 206 people were prosecuted under these new rules. "Of course, we always encourage people to be very careful about where they store intimate photos and preferably to not store them online in any form". Victims won't have to worry about putting out the fire if Facebook won't let it get started in the first place, or so the reasoning goes.

Like this: