Send Nudes: Facebook Wants Naked Pictures of Users to Fight Revenge Porn

Alan Olson
November 9, 2017

Facebook is testing a controversial new strategy they claim will help protect its users from becoming victims of revenge porn.

Australian users are being encouraged to alert the eSafety Commissioner about the image they're concerned about by completing a form on her website, and send it to themselves on Messenger.

Australia is one of the four countries included in this "industry-first" pilot that relies on "cutting-edge" technology to prevent revenge porn.

If someone tries to upload explicit content matching that hash on platforms such as Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram, the company won't allow it.

Facebook then uses the photo-matching AI it's already been using when it automatically tags your face in images and the like.

Once Facebook receives said notification, a special analyst will access the image and hash it to prevent any future instances of the same photo from being uploaded or shared.

"The service providers turn around and say "yes we removed the images", but what they don't do is remove the accounts", Szalkiewicz proclaimed.

Australian government's e-Safety Commissioner has launched a range of measures to counter image based abuse and revenge porn.

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"I literally recover deleted images from computer systems all day - off disk and out of system memory".

Australia's e-Safety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant said Facebook is not storing the images, but only a digital footprint of them.

Grant said the process will be similar to sending yourself an image via email but is a safer and more secure way of sending the nude images, without them going through the ether. "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. "Otherwise, someone could upload the famous "tank man" photo, call it revenge porn, and censor it that way".

It's not the case that every Facebook user would have to upload their nudes.

Facebook would then "hash" the photo, meaning create a digital fingerprint or a link to the image.

One in 25 Americans is a victim of "nonconsensual image sharing, according to a 2016 report from Data & Society Research Institute 2016".

That way, your photo will never show up on any of Facebook's servers.

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