Facebook wants you to send in your nudes, to stop revenge porn


It's done by first contacting the e-safety commissioner or regional equivalent (e-safety commissioner is an Australian position, and this test is being carried out in Australia), after which, you will then be advised to send the photo to yourself.

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 ...

Social media giant Facebook has joined hands with an Australian government agency to fight "image-based abuse", commonly known as "revenge porn".

All one has got to do is to contact Australia's e-Safety Commissioner (since right now they are trying this in Australia) if they're anxious about the fact that their images might get leaked. The company says it won't store the photos but instead create a digital footprint so that its image-matching technology can prevent any future uploading of a copy of the photograph.

On Facebook's part getting a nude photo from a users, analysing it - hashing it is the technical word - will help the website pre-empt the abuse of users. Women aged between 18 and 24 are more likely to be the targets, it said.

The user then reports the image and Facebook uses a cryptographic signature to identify that image, meaning that no else can upload it.

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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.

It is important to note that 4% of US internet users have become victims of revenge porn, according to a 2016 study. "They're not storing the image, they're storing the link", Grant replied to concerns about who at Facebook is seeing this material.

"I welcome Facebook taking steps to tackle this issue, as it has often been very slow to act in the past", she told BBC News.

That way, your photo will never show up on any of Facebook's servers.

Facebook introduced a reporting option for victims of revenge porn in April that worked across Facebook, Messenger and Instagram. "We look forward to getting feedback and learning".