Why Does Facebook Want Your Nude Photos?

Caption + Facebook is asking users to send the company their nude

First, you have to get in touch with the e-Safety Commissioner (Julie Inman Grant in this case), and then they might instruct you to upload your nudes to Facebook Messenger in a conversation with yourself.

Facebook aims to create a digital signature of the nude images that users submit so that no porn material can ever be submitted in future. In April the social networking site released reporting tools to allow users to flag intimate photos posted without their consent to "specially trained representatives" from the site's community operations team who "review the image and remove it if it violates [Facebook's] community standards".

Facebook is now testing the system - starting in Australia, but spreading to other parts of the world - but it's not really clear how willing potential revenge porn victims will be to go along with the scheme.

Now the Facebook's new way to tackle revenge porn is going to be tested only in Australia although a Facebook spokesperson told the Guardian that it is exploring partnerships with other organisations in other countries to test something similar.

But you'd need to trust Facebook a great deal to think that's part of a solution.

"Yes, they're not storing a copy, but the image is still being transmitted and processed".

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There may also be concerns over sending such highly sensitive images to a firm which has struggled in the past to allay user concerns over security and privacy - even if users are effectively messaging themselves.

"Publication on Facebook is often the most devastating platform for the victims-they have their friends, family, work colleagues all gathered in one place for maximum humiliation by publication", Alexandra Whiston-Dew, a private client lawyer at British law firm Mishcon de Reya, said in a statement shared with Newsweek. If someone else tries to upload the same image you send Facebook Messenger, it will have the same hash value and the upload process will stop.

The Office of the E-Safety Commissioner in Australia states that image-based abuse isn't just a matter of revenge porn, however, and that it is a growing problem in the country.

Facebook will store the pictures on its secure servers for a short period of time, so it can ensure it's enforcing the policy correctly, reports the Guardian. "Unfortunately, the issue of revenge porn, or unwanted distribution of compromising photos isn't one that can be solved by technology alone". The answer is-revenge porn.

Oddly enough, news of this new pilot program comes on the heels of Australian singer Sia taking a similar gambit to ward off greedy paparazzi.

As of September previous year, more than 200 people in the United Kingdom had been prosecuted following the introduction of a revenge porn law in 2015.

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