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Facebook Combats "Revenge Porn" With New Algorithm

10 November 2017, 01:08 | Ruben Fields

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And Facebook is now testing a new, very odd way to combat it: by asking users to send their nudes to...

The identifier is used to block any further distribution on Facebook, Instagram and Messenger as a pre-emptive strike against revenge porn, a common method of abuse and exploitation online. So to clarify, someone at Facebook is indeed looking at the nude photos, but the company stresses that these are "specially trained representatives".

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner is the only Australian Government agency taking part in this important pilot, which was borne from a Global Working Group established by Facebook to engage governments and businesses on keeping people safe online.

The social networking site said they worked with the National Network to End Domestic Violence, Center for Social Research, the Revenge Porn Helpline (UK) and the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative to ensure their methodology was sensitive and helpful to victims.

The Guardian quoted Carrie Goldberg, a New York-based lawyer who specializes in sexual privacy, saying: "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".

Facebook tests new way to combat revenge porn
First, you upload an explicit image of yourself to Facebook Messenger (you can do so by starting a conversation with yourself). Once the photo has been uploaded, Facebook's hashing system can recognize the photo without it being visible to the public.

Australia's e-safety commissioner Julia Inman Grant told ABC, 'We see many scenarios where maybe photos or videos were taken consensually at one point, but there was not any sort of consent to send the images or videos more broadly'.

The company has said it will store the images for a short time before deleting them. Facebook said once the user sends the image via Messenger, it will use technology to create a digital fingerprint or link to the picture.

The pilot program is also available in the US, the United Kingdom and Canada, according to CNBC.

It will then be up to the sender to delete the image.



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