Facebook and eSafety Commissioner join forces to stop revenge porn in Australia
Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 02/11/2017 14:52
Social media giant Facebook and the Australian Office of the eSafety Commissioner have joined forces to stop revenge porn images being shared on the social network.
The pilot program will let Australians report an image of themselves to the eSafety commissioner – before it's uploaded to Facebook, Instagram or Messenger – if they're worried it could be shared without their consent. The office will then liaise with Facebook to ensure the photo is never published, thanks to the social media company's image recognition technology.
Facebook rolls out pilot program to prevent revenge porn
Revenge porn is becoming a top priority for Facebook's safety team.
After announcing a new set of reporting tools in April, Facebook is continuing to roll out a pilot program to help prevent image-based abuse and revenge porn being shared across its platforms.
Testing in the U.S., UK, Canada, and just announced, Australia, the pilot is an extension of the company's previously announced set of tools for users on Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram to prevent their most intimate images from being shared without their permission.
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The two platforms were invited to respond to the Senate's legal and constitutional affairs committee, which is looking at whether existing laws go far enough to punish perpetrators of cyber bullying.