Facebook wants you to upload nude photos to combat 'revenge porn'

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During the trial, those anxious about their images being posted as revenge porn have to contact Australia's e-Safety commissioner through an online form, which may then suggest providing them to Facebook.

Facebook is testing a system that allows users to message themselves their nude photos in an effort to combat so-called revenge porn.

Yes, you read that correctly.

If a Facebook user is feeling apprehensive after hitting "send" on that risque photo and feels the photo may end up in the wrong hands, they can protect themselves by filling out a form and uploading the photo to messenger.

Facebook will then put a digital fingerprint on the image and will block the sensitive image from appearing if someone tries to upload that same image to Facebook or Instagram.

Facebook's software would create a "hash" - a digital fingerprint of the photo - so it can be recognized if it's uploaded, and automatically blocked.

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After Australia, Facebook will test the new technology in the USA, United Kingdom and Canada, according to Mashable.

The Australian government says about 20 percent of Australians experienced image-based abuse.

"It would be like sending yourself your image in email, but obviously this is a much safer, secure end-to-end way of sending the image", Grant said.

"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", she told the Australian broadcaster. It's not clear where else the method is being piloted. The same, Facebook would like us to believe, will act to prevent anyone to get along with revenge porn tactics.

It's not clear if the USA will get the same technology being tested in Australia. Once a photo is reported as revenge porn, it is tagged using photo-matching technology in the hopes of stopping it from further dissemination. Facebook says its community operations team will use a hash system to prevent the photo from being shared across Facebook, Instagram, or Messenger. Facebook "in most cases" will delete the account of the person who first shared the image, Vice reported. Roughly four percent of United States internet users have been victims of revenge porn, according to a 2016 Data & Society Research Institute report. Protecting people from revenge porn.

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