Facebook: Send Us Nudes So We Can Fight Revenge Porn

Facebook suggests users upload nudes to avoid revenge porn

The pilot provides a portal for people concerned that an intimate image may be shared online to report it to the Office of the eSafety Commissioner who will notify Facebook to prevent any instances of the image being uploaded. If someone tries to later upload the same image to the social media site, Facebook will recognize the fingerprint and stop them.

The social media giant is launching the pilot program in four countries, starting in Australia, which will help prevent intimate images from being posted and shared across Facebook, Messenger, Facebook Groups and Instagram.

Back in April, Facebook took steps aimed at combating revenge porn in Canada and the U.S., allowing users to flag an image they suspect was posted without consent. Facebook claims it won't store images or videos and will only be tracking a digital footprint, known as a hash, to prevent the content from being uploaded again by someone else.

"They're not storing the image, they're storing the link and using artificial intelligence and other photo-matching technologies", Julie Inman Grant, the Australian eSafety Commissioner, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

The strategy, now in Australia, is to have individuals upload their own naked photos into the messenger app so Facebook can tag it as non-consensual explicit media.

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The catch? Before Facebook creates the fingerprint, actual human employees - not a computer algorithm - will see the racy photos in full.

Global News reached out to Facebook but did not hear back at the time of publication.

The headlines are enough to keep you scratching your head, but Facebook says it's for a good cause and could keep you safe later. Of course, this still means that Facebook has access to the files, opening up concerns about security and privacy. If it succeeds, hopefully expect it rollout throughout the rest of the world if Facebook keeps getting government support. Consensual nude photos. You know what's cooler?

She does give Facebook credit for the initiative.

Facebook is now testing the system - starting in Australia, but spreading to other parts of the world - but it's not really clear how willing potential revenge porn victims will be to go along with the scheme.

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