Facebook Wants Your Nude Photos (for a Good Cause)

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The company aims to tackle revenge porn by inviting users to send it compromising photos so they can be permanently blocked from the sites it operates.

Facebook will block the images if they are later uploaded as revenge porn.

Julie Inman Grant, Australia's e-Safety commissioner, said the company will not store the images permanently as after they are processed into a hash, the code is all that will remain. The social media platform wants its members to preemptively upload their nude and intimate pictures to Facebook for safe-keeping.

They will keep the blurred image for some time to ensure the technology is working correctly before deleting it.

It's definitely worth thinking about how to hack proof your life but the good news is that Facebook are finally climbing onboard, too. Facebook said once the user sends the image via Messenger, it will use technology to create a digital fingerprint or link to the picture.

The program in Australia is in conjunction with the government's e-Safety Commission, an office dedicated to promoting digital safety, especially for children. Then, the users will be asked to send that image to themselves on Facebook Messenger. The updated system would analyze metadata and fight against a third party altering the tagging of the original content, similar to measures Facebook implemented back in April in its last attempt to curb the spread of revenge porn. "My concern has to do with where those images would then be stored after they've been provided to Facebook", he added. "It removes control and power from the perpetrator who is ostensibly trying to amplify the humiliation of the victim amongst friends, family and colleagues", she said.

The unorthodox scheme is now being tested among Facebook's Australian users, but Britain, Canada and the United States are also expected to take part in the project.

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