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Facebook Is Asking People To Send Nudes So They Can Stop Revenge Porn & The Internet Is Furious

In adherence to its plans to make Facebook a secure place to connect, Facebook has recently announced a weird strategy to prevent revenge porn online.

The plan is that Facebook has asked people to send their nudes, which they think can be distributed without consent.

A pilot program is designed to launch in Australia. Facebook has teamed up with the Australian government’s eSafety division to prevent intimate images being spread without consent on all of its platforms, including Messenger, Instagram, and Facebook Groups.

Here is how it works:

  • Persons who fear that intimate photos of themselves are being shared online will fill out a form on the eSafety Commissioner’s website
  • Then the person will send the photos to themselves on Facebook Messenger.
  • In the meanwhile, the eSafety Commissioner’s office notifies Facebook about the person’s submission.
  • Facebook’s community operations team make use of the “image matching technology” to prevent that image being uploaded or shared online.
  • This automatic “image matching technology” transforms the photo into a “hash” which is a digital footprint consist of numbers. This digital footprint helps Facebook to block attempts to upload the image to Facebook’s platforms.
  • Facebook then prompts the users to delete the image they have sent to themselves.

Facebook’s head of global safety, Antigone Davis, said in a statement, “The safety and well-being of the Facebook community is our top priority.”  Explaining further, he added, “These tools, developed in partnership with global safety experts, are one example of how we’re using new technology to keep people safe and prevent harm.”

On one hand, it might look like a savvy tech thing to secure your privacy or a sinister plot to actually invade your privacy.

People are not happy about it.

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Some people have their own suggestions for an alternative less creepy method to revenge porn.

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And then there was someone who didn’t actually think much about the revenge porn.

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But then “A lesson was taught,” happened. By some other participants.

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