Facebook wants nude photos from Australian users - for a good reason

Herbert Rhodes
November 9, 2017

Users who fear their nude photos could end up on Facebook or Instagram can contact the office, which may then direct the user to send a copy of the photo to themself on Facebook Messenger, BBC News reports. "The organization might then tell them to send a nude photo of themselves to themselves via Messenger".

If someone tries to upload explicit content matching that hash on platforms such as Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram, the company won't allow it.

Grant went on to reassure everyone that Facebook is not storing the images, but is merely storing a link or digital fingerprint to the images.

This "human" element is probably the most risky part of the process, and there will be many people ready to castigate Facebook if it screws this up.

During the trial, those anxious about their images being posted as revenge porn have to contact Australia's e-Safety commissioner through an online form, which may then suggest providing them to Facebook.

If you're anxious your intimate photos will end up on Instagram or Facebook, you can get in contact with Australi's e-Safety Commissioner.

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Facebook is launching a new program and is asking people to send some intimate images - all in an effort to keep the photos from getting out.

A team of specially trained representatives from Facebook's community operations team will then review the image to decide whether it should be taken down.

"It would be like sending yourself your image in email, but obviously this is a much safer, secure end-to-end way of sending the image without sending it through the ether", Australia's eSafety commissioner, Inman Grant, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. "My specialty is digital forensics and I literally recover deleted images from computer systems all day - off disk and out of system memory".

Here in Ireland, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald publicised the Government's intentions to criminalise revenge porn in May of this year.

It is important to note that 4% of US internet users have become victims of revenge porn, according to a 2016 study.

Revenge porn is a growing issue, and Facebook is piloting a novel scheme to combat it. Facebook will use their cutting-edge image matching technology to stop those images from being uploaded.

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