Revenge porn: Facebook wants nude photos

10 November, 2017, 01:11 | Author: Rosa Wright
  • Mr Gillespie‏ added'Facebook themselves have perverts hiding in their closets. They would just love a nude collection of its users with an excellent cover story about protecting people from revenge porn! #PervBook

We can all agree that the recent spike in revenge porn is something that needs to be tackled in the tech-world, which is exactly why Facebook have come through with a solution to the problem. Facebook claims it won't store images or videos and will only be tracking a digital footprint, known as a hash, to prevent the content from being uploaded again by someone else.

"This partnership gives Australians a unique opportunity to proactively inoculate themselves from future image-based abuse by coming to our portal and reporting tool", said Julie Inman Grant, Australia's eSafety Commissioner. Adults who have shared nude or sexually explicit photos with someone online and now are anxious about unauthorised distribution can report images to the Australian government's Safety Committee. So if someone posts the offending pic, Facebook can prevent it from being uploaded.

In the United Kingdom revenge porn is punishable by up to two years in prison.

According to the eSafety office, Facebook users who are concerned that an intimate image of them may end up online can complete an online form.

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The new initiative is now being piloted in Australia in partnership with the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.

The unorthodox scheme is now being tested among Facebook's Australian users, but Britain, Canada and the United States are also expected to take part in the project.

The Australian government's Office of the eSafety Commissioner announced it is one of four countries who is in a pilot program with Facebook that will help prevent intimate images from being posted and shared across Facebook, Messenger, Facebook Groups and Instagram. Further instances of the images will then be blocked.

If a user thinks she might be a potential revenge porn target, she contacts e-Safety, which then instructs the user to upload any suggestive photos and/or videos she thinks might be used against her into Facebook Messenger.

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