Facebook Making New Moves Against Revenge Porn

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And Facebook is now testing a new, very odd way to combat it: by asking users to send their nudes to...

Inman Grant, the e-Safety Commissioner, told ABC Australia that the images wouldn't be stored on Facebook's servers, just the digital print.

"We're using image-matching technology to prevent non-consensual intimate images from being shared."

Facebook is testing a very unorthodox way to stop others from uploading naked pictures of you to their social media platform. From there, Facebook will use image-matching technology to detect whether or not an uploaded photo has been previously flagged.

"They're not storing the image". So if someone posts the offending pic, Facebook can prevent it from being uploaded.

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"We're pleased to work with the eSafety Commissioner as the only Australian representative on our working group on this important initiative, and applaud her leading role in promoting online safety across the country", said Mia Garlick, Facebook's Director of Policy A-NZ. The updated system would analyze metadata and fight against a third party altering the tagging of the original content, similar to measures Facebook implemented back in April in its last attempt to curb the spread of revenge porn. A Facebook spokesman said Britain, Canada and the United States are also expected to take part in the project.

"This pilot has the potential to disable the control and power perpetrators hold over victims, particularly in cases of ex-partner retribution and sextortion, and the subsequent harm that could come to them", Inman Grant said in a statement.

Turns out, before the image can be "hashed", an actual human at Facebook has to look at it to make sure it "fits the definition of revenge porn".

Users are encouraged to send intimate photos to Facebook, who will put a unique digital fingerprint on it before it is sent to the recipient.

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