Facebook asks Australian users for nude photos in project to combat revenge porn

Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 08/11/2017 23:34

Facebook is asking users to send the company their nude photos in an effort to tackle revenge porn, in an attempt to give some control back to victims of this type of abuse.

Individuals who have shared intimate, nude or sexual images with partners and are worried that the partner (or ex-partner) might distribute them without their consent can use Messenger to send the images to be “hashed”. This means that the company converts the image into a unique digital fingerprint that can be used to identify and block any attempts to re-upload that same image.

Facebook is piloting the technology in Australia in partnership with a government agency headed up by the e-safety commissioner, Julia Inman Grant, who told ABC it would allow victims of “image-based abuse” to take action before pictures were posted to Facebook, Instagram or Messenger.

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Revenge porn: Facebook teaming up with Government to stop nude photos ending up on Messenger, Instagram
If you've had a nude photo taken, you might be nervous about where it could end up.

Your phone may be hacked or a relationship turn sour, meaning the "revenge porn" picture could be made public without your say so.

Now, Facebook is partnering with a small Australian Government agency to prevent sexual or intimate images being shared without the subject's consent.

e-Safety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant said victims of "image-based abuse" would be able to take action before photos were posted to Facebook, Instagram or Messenger.

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