Facebook Combats "Revenge Porn" With New Algorithm

Herbert Rhodes
November 10, 2017

"The reality is that we're living in a world where breaches have become the third certainty in life where hackers are sophisticated, they're determined, they're persistent, they're very creative and there is no right to be forgotten".

In a trial in Australia, Facebook asked people anxious that their intimate pictures might be posted by an ex partner to provide the images to Facebook, so that it knows to prevent them being uploaded in future.

Similar technology is already being used to identify images of child sexual abuse or extremist content.

The social media giant is testing out a new initiative that they hope will help them to crack down on revenge porn. Stamos is using the abbreviated form of "non-consensual intimate image", more colloquial known as revenge porn.

Earlier this year leaked documents revealed 54,000 cases of revenge porn are dealt with by Facebook each month.

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"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", e-Safety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant told ABC.

In her post, Davis clarifies that eSafety does not have access to the actual image. Then, the users will be asked to send that image to themselves on Facebook Messenger.

One woman said that she would be in favour of this if it stops intimate images being sent without the consent of the person in them.

Alex Stamos, Facebook's chief security officer, said they are improving the technology to detect changes. While the initial report made clear that it was not in fact counter-productive and gave Facebook the means to track the files across its network, many people still walked away from the story bewildered.

"With this new small pilot, we want to test an emergency option for people to provide a photo proactively to Facebook, so it never gets shared in the first place", Davis wrote.

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