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Facebook wants you to upload nude photos to combat 'revenge porn'

09 November 2017

Should someone attempt to upload that same nude image, with the same digital footprint, Facebook's technology would prevent that from happening.

Here's how it works: if someone is anxious they might become the victim of revenge porn, they can get in touch with the e-Safety Commissioner. They might then tell you to send the images to yourself on Messenger.

"It would be like sending yourself your image in [an] email, but obviously this is a much safer, secure end-to-end way of sending the image without sending it through the ether", Julie says.

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

The method of nude photo transmission, and the duration such photos are held, could raise fears submitted images could be intercepted in transit or while stored - moreover, hashing technology can be fooled by users simply resizing or cropping images.

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But the real question is - who is ready to share their nudes with Facebook?

Last week, the social media giant announced the launch of a pilot program in Australia created to combat revenge porn before it happens.

The social media outlet wants you to send them nude photos so the company can recognize and block the photos if they're ever posted without consent.

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.

Global News reached out to Facebook but did not hear back at the time of publication. Once a picture has been removed, photo-matching technology is used to ensure the image isn't uploaded again.

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However, while there is no denying such a plan is a bit too outrageous, there are also security and privacy concerns associated with the move.

Nude and other explicit or intimate photos taken during a relationship are being posted online as a way to embarrass people after a breakup.

She does give Facebook credit for the initiative.

But a Facebook spokesman told the Daily Beast that in order to determine whether the images actually qualify as revenge porn, a member of Facebook's community operations team must first view the uncensored image in full.

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Facebook wants you to upload nude photos to combat 'revenge porn'