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Facebook Wants You To Upload Nude Pictures Of Yourself, For A Good Reason

By Izza Sofia, 09 Nov 2017



Facebook is trialling an interesting new approach to combatting revenge porn, when someone uploads intimate photos of a former partner to the Internet.

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.

Facebook is doing this in partnership with Australian government agency e-Safety in order to try to prevent people from sharing intimate images without consent.

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If someone fears they are at risk of revenge porn, they can contact e-Safety. The organization may then tell them to send a nude photo of themselves to themselves via Messenger. Facebook’s hashing system would then be able to recognize those images in the future without needing to store them on its servers.

“They’re not storing the image, they’re storing the link and using artificial intelligence and other photo-matching technologies,” e-Safety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant told ABC. “So if somebody tried to upload that same image, which would have the same digital footprint or hash value, it will be prevented from being uploaded.”

It has chosen Messenger as the method of uploading photos as that is already protected by end-to-end encryption, so represented the safest approach. 


[via Fortune, opening image via Instagram]
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