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Facebook working to stop revenge porn

Facebook working to stop revenge porn

Facebook are asking users to send in their own nude photographs to protect them against revenge porn.

The social media site are partnering with a Australian Government agency to combat the rise in former partner's posting pictures of their exes online and they have now come up with a scheme which they hope will stop this from happening in the future.

e-Safety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant has revealed how victims of "image-based abuse" could take action to stop the pictures from being sent on Facebook, Instagram or Facebook Messenger.

She 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."

Those who are concerned their pictures could be used in this way are asked to contact the e-Safety Commissioner, who will then advise them to send the pictures to themselves on Messenger. From here, Facebook would put a particular mark on it, meaning if it surfaced again, it would be blocked from being posted.

Explaining how it works, she added: "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 without sending it through the ether.

"They're not storing the image, they're storing the link and using artificial intelligence and other photo-matching technologies. 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 ...

"They thought of many different ways about doing this and they came to the conclusion as one of the major technology companies in the world that this was the safest way for users to share the digital footprints. We have a great deal of comfort that they have chose the most secure route ... we want to empower people to be able to protect themselves and take action, we don't want to make them vulnerable."

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