Facebook wants your nude selfies to combat 'revenge porn'

Tomas Mccoy
November 10, 2017

The site is asking users who are concerned that their intimate images might end up online to send those nude photos to themselves via Facebook messenger.

There are fears the images could be found before being deleted, intercepted on their way to Facebook, or people could get around the technology by simply resizing images.

Once that happens, Facebook's analysts "hash" the image, storing a unique fingerprint which prevents further instances being uploaded and shared.

The program in Australia is in conjunction with the government's e-Safety Commission, an office dedicated to promoting digital safety, especially for children.

The social-media platform are now encouraging users to send in their nude photos to the company itself as a way to ensure that nobody else out there could ever hijack the images.

She explained: "Revenge porn is becoming such a huge epidemic among young people, it's absolutely frightful and if there's any way to tackle it then we should take that seriously".

From there - and once the user has completed an online form through the website of Australia's eSafety Commissioner - a member of Facebook's Community Operations team reviews the image and then "hashes" it, or creates a numerical representation of the image that Facebook says can not be read by humans.

Antigone Davis, Facebook's head of global safety, said the system is being trialled in the UK, US, Australia and Canada.

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

Revenge porn is a growing issue in Australia, according to e-safety commissioner Julie Inman Grant, who is working with Facebook on the trial.

Facebook's hashing system would then be able to recognize those images in the future without needing to store them on its servers. There was also no immediate word on when the program will be launched in the U.S.

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