Facebook is Testing a System to Battle Revenge Porn, But You’ll Have to Share Your Nudes With Them

Posted in Miscellaneous on 08/11/2017 by Chris Hauk

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ABC News reports Facebook in Australia and three other countries is testing a new system designed to combat revenge porn, such as when an ex uploads nude photos of a former lover to the Internet.

Facebook is Testing a System to Battle Revenge Porn, But You'll Have to Share Your Nudes With Them

e-Safety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant said victims of “image-based abuse” would be able to take action before photos were posted to Facebook, Instagram or Messenger.

“We see many scenarios where maybe photos or videos were taken consensually at one point, but there was not any sort of consent to send the images or videos more broadly,” Ms Inman Grant said.

One in five Australian women aged 18-45 and one in four Indigenous Australians are victims of that abuse, she said.

The system will prevent specific photos from being uploaded to Facebook, Instagram or Messenger. There is a catch, you’ll have to share the photos you wish to block with Facebook ahead of time. So if the photos are only on your ex’s device, you’re out of luck.

You will send the nude to yourself in Messenger, and Facebook then creates a hashed digital fingerprint of the photo. Anytime anyone tries to upload a photo, it is checked against the encrypted fingerprint for a match. If it matches, the photo is rejected.

Facebook hasn’t announced how long the trial may run, or when it might be available to the general public.

(Via Gizmodo UK)


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