Facebook is asking for nude photos to fight revenge porn

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Australia's e-Safety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant said Facebook will not permanently store the image.

When you send your nude photo to Facebook, what exactly happens to it?

Individuals who have shared intimate images with (ex-) partners and are anxious about them being distributed using the aforementioned platforms can submit them to be "hashed" - converted into a unique digital footprint. They will then be asked to send the pictures they are concerned about to themselves on Messenger while the e-safety commissioner's office notifies Facebook of their submission.

Australia, which launched a national portal to address the issues of the revenge porn victims last month, is the first country to test Facebook's new anti-revenge porn tool.

However, Facebook implemented new photo-matching technology in April to help address the problem in the U.S., Tech Crunch reported. If you're fortunate enough to not know, revenge porn involves spreading someone's embarrassing nude photos without their consent, whether it's an ex-lover or a celebrity with poor iCloud security.

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There are laws against revenge porn, but the scourge is hard to fight against in practical terms. You tell Australian government department that is working with Facebook.

This is not the first attempt by the social media giant to combat the increasing menace of revenge porn.

Will Facebook in the USA get this technology? "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", she said. The image can then be deleted, but Facebook will be able to prevent any further uploads of an image with the same digital signature. "Of course, we always encourage people to be very careful about where they store intimate photos and preferably to not store them online in any form".

Facebook would then "hash" the photo, meaning create a digital fingerprint or a link to the image. "I report the naked photographs to Facebook, Facebook will take down the photographs, but they leave the fake account with my name up there".

Because of these high numbers, Carrie Goldberg, a lawyer who specializes in sexual privacy, welcomed Facebook's revenge porn plan.

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