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Facebook Working On Method To Prevent Revenge Porn

09 November 2017

Facebook did something similar in the us with the help of new photo-matching technology to ensure that people are not able to re-share the image previously reported and tagged as revenge porn, notes TechCrunch.

The Australian government agency e-Safety is partnering with Facebook in an effort to prevent people from sharing intimate images without consent, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

First, you have to get in touch with the e-Safety Commissioner (Julie Inman Grant in this case), and then they might instruct you to upload your nudes to Facebook Messenger in a conversation with yourself.

Once Facebook is notified, they use image-matching technology to access and tag the image to prevent anyone from sharing it on their platforms. Motherboard spoke with digital forensics expert Lesley Carhart, who explained that while Facebook says it won't store a copy of your nudes, just a copy of the hashes made from them, "the [original, explicit] image is still being transmitted and processed".

"They're not storing the image, they're storing the link and using artificial intelligence and other photo-matching technologies", Grant said.

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Will Facebook in the US get this technology?

Revenge porn is one of the latest online problems, and it's one to which it would seem hard to come up with a solution.

Facebook promises that your naked selfies will be safe with it; it has said that it will not store users' photos on any of its servers. Then the social networking firm, in collaboration with e-Safety, wants the users to upload their intimate photos directly to their messenger.

Facebook says Australia is one of four countries testing out new tools to combat "revenge porn" on the social network.

"But the rest depends on Facebook's security controls around this". One out of 25 Americans have been victims of revenge porn, according to a report from the New York-based Data & Society Research Institute. One in five Australians aged 16-49 have experienced image-based abuse but women aged 18-24 are more often targeted, the eSafety website said. More protections for people who could be affected by revenge porn are desperately needed, but this method of protecting privacy has some people unnerved.

Facebook Working On Method To Prevent Revenge Porn