Facebook to fight revenge porn

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

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"As part of our continued efforts to better detect and remove content that violates our community standards, we're using image matching technology to prevent non-consensual intimate images from being shared on Facebook, Instagram, Facebook Groups and Messenger".

Facebook is inviting users to submit their private pictures as part of a new pilot programme to tackle "revenge porn", The Guardian reports.

Once that happens, Facebook's analysts "hash" the image, storing a unique fingerprint which prevents further instances being uploaded and shared.

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In the pilot scheme, users complete an online form outlining their concerns on the e-safety commissioner's website - and it notifies Facebook of the situation. The measure is created to block users from sharing a photo before it can do harm.

The pilot program will also be tested in the United Kingdom, and Canada, as well as here in the USA, where one in 25 Americans have been a victim of revenge porn.

A recent survey by the eSafety Commission showed one in five Australian women aged between 18 and 45 suffered image-based abuse, with Facebook and its Messenger app accounting for 53% of revenge porn, followed by Snapchat at 11% and Instagram at 4%. So if someone posts the offending pic, Facebook can prevent it from being uploaded.

Inman Grant, the e-Safety Commissioner, told ABC Australia that the images wouldn't be stored on Facebook's servers, just the digital print. Then, the users will be asked to send that image to themselves on Facebook Messenger.

She said the plan, "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".

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