Facebook asks users to send nude pictures

Thursday, 09 Nov, 2017

Back in April, Facebook took steps aimed at combating revenge porn in Canada and the USA, allowing users to flag an image they suspect was posted without consent. "The organization might then tell them to send a nude photo of themselves to themselves via Messenger". If someone contacts E-Safety with a complaint, Inman Grant said, the agency may recommend they try Facebook's new nude photo blocking algorithm to prevent future nonconsensual sharing of nudes on the social network. If successful the trial will spread to the United States, as well as the U.K. and Canada. That has led to a world where celebrities private photos are hacked and released online, or upset ex-boyfriends take "revenge" by posting nude pictures of their targets on social media. "It is quite counter-intuitive to send such intimate images to an unknown recipient", British law firm Mishcon de Reya LLP wrote in a statement to Newsweek.

Facebook, after all, is one of the primary places where these images are shared without consent.

Facebook and other technology companies use this photo-matching technology to tackle other forms of banned content, including child sex abuse and extremist imagery. Privacy issues arise with the initial sending and receiving of the image, which could potentially be intercepted by hackers if not done securely.

As a platform (in) directly responsible for the proliferation of revenge porn, Facebook is now trying to help put a stop to it.

"Save your money, here it is for free", she added, appending a blurry photo of a naked woman shown from the rear, purportedly Sia herself. "The measure is created to block users from sharing a photo before it can do harm". "It's a case of shutting the barn door once the horse has bolted".

As part of a new feature, users in Australia are being asked to upload explicit photos of themselves before they send them to anyone else.

Also, if you're anxious about more than one explicit picture of you being posted to the site, you'd have to upload all of them to Messenger. It is then hashed and deleted. Once a picture has been removed, photo-matching technology is used to ensure the image isn't uploaded again. "We look forward to getting feedback and learning", a Facebook spokesman said.

Hopefully, advances in technology like the ones touted by Facebook and increased governmental awareness of the problem on a global scale will see instances of revenge porn reduce, thereby sparing hundreds of people the mental harm it can cause.