Facebooks testing a new method to prevent revenge porn that requires uploading your nudes

Facebook is testing a new method to combat retaliation porn in Australia, the Australia Broadcasting Corporation reports. The strategy entails uploading your nude photos or videos to Messenger in order to assistance Facebook tag it as non-consensual explicit media.

Facebook is doing this in partnership with Australian government agency e-Safety in order to try to prevent people from sharing intimate images without permission. If person fears they are at risk of retaliation porn, they can contact e-Safety. The organization might then tell them to send a nude photo of themselves to themselves via Messenger. Facebook’s hashing system would then be able to recognize those images in the future without shall be required to store them on its servers.

“They’re not storing the image, they’re storing the link and using artificial intelligence and other photo-matching technologies, ” e-Safety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant told ABC. “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.”

Back in April, Facebook addressed retaliation porn in the U.S. with a new photo-matching technology to ensure people can’t re-share images previously reported and tagged as revenge porn.

Facebook’s new tools around tackling retaliation porn came shortly after a scandal involving people on both Facebook and Instagram targeting female Marines in private groups.

Australia is one of four countries participating in this exam trial of sending nudes to avoid nudes from proving up, Facebook told ABC. It’s not clear where else Facebook is piloting this method to combat retaliation porn.

I’ve reached out to Facebook and will update this story if I hear back.

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