Facebook employees are trained to look at your nude pics

Facebook employees are trained to look at your nude pics

Facebook employees are trained to look at your nude pics

Facebook is taking a rather interesting approach to combating "revenge porn" in Australia - by asking Australian Facebook users to send them nudes.

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.

ABC News reports that the system is being trialled in Australia and three other countries.

Facebook is thus encouraging users to send their intimate snapshots to themselves via the company's Messenger app, to enable the company to use its image-matching technology as a protective measure. Anytime someone tries to upload a photo, it is checked against that fingerprint and rejected if it matches.

Revenge porn distributed on Facebook can be especially damaging to people, lawyer Alexandra Whiston-Dew told Newsweek, because "they have their friends, family, work colleagues all gathered in one place for maximum humiliation by publication", she explained. There's no word yet on how long the trial may run.

Once the nude image is uploaded, Facebook will use technology to "hash it", which is essentially giving it a digital fingerprint.

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.

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In a statement on the trial, Facebook said: "This is an initial pilot in Australia".

The need for tools like these on Facebook became particularly apparent in March 2017, with the uncovering of Marines United, a secret Facebook group with more than 30,000 servicemen who non-consensually traded women's private photos.

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.

"The deployment of this technology would not prevent someone from sharing images outside of the Facebook ecosystem, so we should be encourage all online platforms to participate in this program, as we do with PhotoDNA", he said.

"But the rest depends on Facebook's security controls around this".

One in 25 Americans is a victim of "nonconsensual image sharing, according to a 2016 report from Data & Society Research Institute 2016".

Grant and Facebook, however, are very confident of Facebook's anti revenge porn tool.

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