Facebook Wants You To Upload Nudes Of Yourself To Stop Revenge Porn


In the Australian pilot, users must complete a form on the e-safety commissioner's website outlining their concerns, before sending the pictures they are concerned about to themselves using Messenger.

Facebook aims to create a digital signature of the nude images that users submit so that no porn material can ever be submitted in future.

If it works, then the photo or video will never show up on Facebook, even if a hacker or an ex-partner tries to upload it.

Facebook is now testing the system - starting in Australia, but spreading to other parts of the world - but it's not really clear how willing potential revenge porn victims will be to go along with the scheme.

Revenge porn in becoming an increasing problem but Facebook are doing all they can to stamp it out.

Other social media sites, as well as tech companies such as Google and Microsoft have taken significant steps in tackling the issue of revenge porn.

"Facebook is very hard as well because they don't provide you with a direct line of communication like Google Legal does", he continued.

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So if hackers were able to access this information from Facebook, Thompson said all they would see is a bunch of numbers that would be meaningless.

According to the Office of the e-safety commissioner, one in five Australians aged between 16 and 49 is a victim of IBA.

So, what is "revenge porn?".

eSafety Commissioner Inman Grant told the Australian Broadcasting Company that Facebook is not storing these images but are using artificial intelligence and other photo-matching technologies to prevent the image from being posted.

Clarifying on its plans, Facebook said it would hash the image which essentially means creating a digital footprint of the image.

It's not known if the new pilot project in Australia will come to Canada or the U.S. If you're fortunate enough to not know, revenge porn involves spreading someone's embarrassing nude photos without their consent, whether it's an ex-lover or a celebrity with poor iCloud security. Hany Farid, a computer science professor at Dartmouth University who helped develop similar technology, told The Guardian it's "a terrific idea", though he acknowledged it would not stop people from uploading nudes outside of Facebook - a significant limitation.