Facebook is asking for nude photos to fight revenge porn

09 November, 2017, 01:49 | Author: Marie Harrington
  • Facebook suggests users upload nudes to avoid revenge porn

Facebook has a new game plan for stopping revenge porn campaigns on Messenger and Instagram, and it involves users sending their nudes to themselves using Facebook's servers before someone else actually shares them. "The organization might then tell them to send a nude photo of themselves to themselves via Messenger".

The Australia Brodcasting Corporations (ABC) reports Facebook is partnering with the Australia Government's Office of the eSafety Commissioner for the pilot test.

"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", she told the Australian broadcaster.

Facebook is testing a new tactic in Australia to fight revenge porn: soliciting nudes. If the new feature proves successful, the trial will be expanded to the USA, the United Kingdom, and Canada, Newsweek reported. "So this is impactful".

The pilot scheme, which is now being rolled out on a trail basis, will see users complete an online form on the e-safety commissioner's website. Any intimate photos that are posted and flagged on Facebook or Instagram will automatically be marked to prevent future postings of those images.

The method of nude photo transmission, and the duration such photos are held, could raise fears submitted images could be intercepted in transit or while stored - moreover, hashing technology can be fooled by users simply resizing or cropping images. One out of 25 Americans have been victims of revenge porn, according to a report from the New York-based Data & Society Research Institute. The proportion rises to 10% when dealing with women under the age of 30.

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This is not the first attempt by the social media giant to combat the increasing menace of revenge porn. For one, Facebook's system still requires you to put a ton of trust in an unknown Facebook employee or contractor, and not mind that they are looking at photos you'd otherwise not want to be seen.

The photo or video is reduced to a series of numbers, which is compared to another image, like mathematical matching.

"Once Facebook is notified, they use image-matching technology to access and tag the image to prevent anyone from sharing it on their platforms", USA Today explained. "Image-based abuse" is common in the country.

"Yes, they're not storing a copy, but the image is still being transmitted and processed".

Hany Farid, a professor of computer science at Dartmouth who helped develop PhotoDNA, described Facebook's pilot as a "terrific idea". The same, Facebook would like us to believe, will act to prevent anyone to get along with revenge porn tactics.

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