'Send nudes': Facebook builds database to stop revenge porn

Cesar Mills
November 10, 2017

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

"We've been participating in the Global Working Group to identify new solutions to keep people safe, and we're proud to partner with Facebook on this important initiative as it aims to empower Australians to stop image-based abuse in its tracks", said Julie Inman Grant, eSafety Commissioner.

The social networking site is implementing a pilot program meant to help protect victims of revenge porn - the non-consensual sharing of someone else's nude photos - from those photos being shared on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram. "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". Adults who have shared nude or sexually explicit photos with someone online, and who are anxious about unauthorised distribution, can report images to the Australian government's eSafety Commission. So if someone posts the offending pic, Facebook can prevent it from being uploaded.

Prof Clare McGlynn, from Durham Law School, said that the United Kingdom should establish a similar organisation to Australia's e-safety commission. Facebook said once the user sends the image via Messenger, it will use technology to create a digital fingerprint or link to the picture.

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"This pilot has the potential to disable the control and power perpetrators hold over victims, particularly in cases of ex-partner retribution and sextortion, and the subsequent harm that could come to them", Inman Grant said in a statement.

A spokesperson states in order for a photo to qualify as revenge porn an employee of Facebook must view the image first for themselves.

If the anti-revenge porn trial is successful, the program will reportedly move to the U.S., Canada and Great Britain in the future.

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