Facebook wants your nude photos


Facebook already has trained employees that view images flagged as revenge porn, and the new measures would find them looking at the pictures before anyone else does - rather than after.

If you're anxious someone might try to spread nude photos of you, Facebook has a possible solution for you: Send your nude photos to them first.

The Australian government's Office of the eSafety Commissioner announced it is joining a pilot program with Facebook to prevent intimate images of users from appearing against their will on the world's largest social network.

If you think your nude photos could end up on Facebook or Instagram, you can send a copy of the photo through Facebook Messenger to company officials.

Facebook would then "hash" the photo, meaning create a digital fingerprint or a link to the image. Once the photo has been uploaded, Facebook's hashing system can recognize the photo without it being visible to the public.

The process is meant to stop the image ever appearing on Facebook, whoever tries to upload it, by using the Facebook AI technologies used in photo and face matching on the social platform.

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Carrie Goldberg, a New York-based lawyer who specializes in sexual privacy, said: "We are delighted that Facebook is helping solve this problem - one faced not only by victims of actual revenge porn but also individuals with worries of imminently becoming victims".

After you send the photos of yourself, Facebook will use its hashing technologies to create a digital footprint that will prevent others from uploading the same image on the social media platform.

Facebook's customer support team will then review a blurred version of the image to ensure it's explicit, then "hash" it before deletion.

Facebook introduced an anti-revenge porn feature in April.

"But the rest depends on Facebook's security controls around this". The World Bank estimates that 78.2 percent of the USA population uses the internet, meaning that 10.9 million Americans (roughly the populations of New York City and Los Angeles combined) are revenge porn victims.

Grant and Facebook, however, are very confident of Facebook's anti revenge porn tool.