Facebook wants your nude photos - but it's for a good reason

Facebook requests nude photos from users in a bid to tackle revenge porn

Facebook's latest attempt to wipe revenge porn off its platform takes an unusual tack: asking users to send in their own nude photos. After that they will be asked to submit a nude image, which will be then passed on to Facebook.

The new pilots - which are taking place in three countries besides Australia - are just part of a series of measures Facebook has been rolling out to combat the growing social problem of intimate images shared without the subject's permission.

Facebook will store these images for a short period of time before deleting them to ensure it is enforcing the policy correctly, the company said.

"They're not storing the image".

Would you send Facebook an explicit image to prevent it from being shared? 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.

"This partnership gives Australians a unique opportunity to proactively inoculate themselves from future image-based abuse by coming to our portal and reporting tool", said Julie Inman Grant, Australia's eSafety Commissioner, in a statement.

"I literally recover deleted images from computer systems all day - off disk and out of system memory".




While it trains the algorithm, Facebook will assign a human Community Operations Analyst, who will be responsible for accessing, hashing and protecting images, to every case the commissioner hands over.

The system it is trying would prevent specific photos ever being uploaded to Facebook, Instagram or Messenger - but you do have to privately share them with Facebook first ...

"It would be like sending yourself your image in email, but obviously this is a much safer, secure end-to-end way of sending the image without sending it through the ether", Ms Inman Grant told ABC. Facebook will use their cutting-edge image matching technology to stop those images from being uploaded.

One in 25 Americans is a victim of "nonconsensual image sharing, according to a 2016 report from Data & Society Research Institute 2016".

Facebook is no stranger to revenge porn and explicit content, which is banned on the platform.

"Save your money, here it is for free", she added, appending a blurry photo of a naked woman shown from the rear, purportedly Sia herself.

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