Facebook Combats Revenge Porn, Nude Images in Australian Pilot Exercise


Published Date : Nov 09, 2017

Facebook has been looking to fight revenge porn by running a pilot program even on its other social media platforms. Users have been asked to report nude images that could be at a leak risk. In order to test its project, the social media giant has shaken hands with a small agency of the Australian government. The social media firm said it will be able to recognize malicious uploads when users send a copy of images at risk when reporting the presence of a threat. This project has come to effect months after the company announced scores of measures to protect the sufferers of revenge porn.

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Facebook and Instagram users have been asked to fill out a form available on the Australian e-safety commissioner’s website and use Facebook Messenger send to themselves the images that could be shared without consent. After sending the images via Messenger, Facebook would hash them or raise red flags whenever someone tries to post them. The images will not be stored but their link which would be used to recognize images with the same hash value or digital footprint with the help of photo-matching technologies such as artificial intelligence. This way, Facebook could prevent the upload of malicious images.

Reporting Facebook about revenge porn or nude images could help it to prevent them from being shared. Images shared without consent could be flagged on Facebook, as announced by the company in April. The announcement had revealed that Facebook will alert anyone about the violation of its policies and share attempts being thwarted if they try to share reported and removed images.