Victim of revenge porn? Facebook wants you to send in your nudes

09 November, 2017, 00:54 | Author: Cecelia Webb
  • Victim of revenge porn? Facebook wants you to send in your nudes

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. The company is testing a program in Australia that would mark each picture as non-consensual explicit material. CNBC reports Facebook's anti-revenge porn pilot program is available in the U.S., U.K., and Canada.

The social media giant is teaming up with a small Government agency from down under, to prevent all sensitive images of its users from being shared without the subject's consent.

Carrie Goldberg, a New York-based lawyer specializing in sexual privacy, told the Guardian: "We are delighted that Facebook is helping solve this problem - one faced not only by victims of actual revenge porn but also individuals with worries of imminently becoming victims".

Revenge porn is one trend taking over social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram - and definitely one we hope stays in 2017. If Facebook has the photos, it can specifically recognize and instantly block them if they turn up elsewhere on Facebook, Messenger, or even Instagram.

Pirates can manipulate the timing of a video to throw Big G's crawlers off their game, and there's nothing to say that voyeurs won't distort images in a similar way - by applying a filter, for example - to fool Facebook's engine.




The Australian Office of the safety commission declared that they have partnered with the Facebook on a pilot scheme that will allow anyone to report such photos.

However, the trial won't completely solve Australia's revenge porn woes, Clare McGlynn, an expert from Durham Law School, told BBC.

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.

Back in April this year, Facebook launched new tools so that users of their platform could flag nude images posted without their prior consent. Should someone attempt to upload that same nude image, with the same digital footprint, Facebook's technology would prevent that from happening. "We look forward to getting feedback and learning", a Facebook spokesman said. It's worth noting that Facebook already has mechanisms for reporting revenge porn without preemptively sending them the images.

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