Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Facebook seeks nude pics from users to tackle 'revenge porn'

Facebook suggests users upload nudes to avoid revenge porn Facebook asks users to upload nudes to fight revenge porn
Jeanne Townsend | 09 November, 2017, 00:55

Any intimate photos that are posted and flagged on Facebook or Instagram will automatically be marked to prevent future postings of those images.

Grant says that one in five Australian women aged 18-45 and one in four Indigenous Australians have been victims of revenge porn.

So how does allowing Facebook to see you naked prevent the rest of the world from seeing it? For it is asking its members to upload their own nude images or videos on Messenger so that the social media company can create a hash of those.

There may also be concerns over sending such highly sensitive images to a firm which has struggled in the past to allay user concerns over security and privacy - even if users are effectively messaging themselves.

Rather than sharing the images you would like to protect with Facebook, you would instead share them with yourself via Messenger.

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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In order to begin the prevention process, users must first complete an online form on the e-safety commissioner's website detailng their concerns, before being asked to send the pictures they are anxious about to themselves on Messenger, while the e-safety commissioner's office notifies Facebook. If anyone tries to upload the picture once it has been hashed, Facebook is able to check the code against its database and block it.

"So if somebody tried to upload that same image, which would have the same digital footprint or hash value, it will be prevented from being uploaded", she claimed.

There are laws against revenge porn, but the scourge is hard to fight against in practical terms.

It's reassuring to see Facebook attempting to tackle the "revenge porn" issue, but we can't help but feel like it's missing the mark - and that's because WhatsApp is missing from the list of supported platforms.

"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", said Inman Grant.

Facebook said it looked forward "to getting feedback and learning" from the trial.

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