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Facebook Wants Australians to Send Them Nude Photos for Protection

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Facebook wants your nude photos, because it thinks it can use them to protect you from revenge porn. Nathan Rousseau Smith (@FantasticMrNate) reports..

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Transcript: Facebook Wants Australians to Send Them Nude Photos for Protection

Facebook wants your nude photos, because it thinks it can protect you from them.

The big blue has partnered with the Australian government’s Office of the ESafety Commissioner, announcing a new pilot program to help prevent the spread of revenge porn.

The pilot program lets users worried an intimate photo of themselves might appear online take preventative action by sending the concerning image to themselves via Facebook Messenger.

Facebook can then match that image using the same artificial intelligence-based tech it uses for face matching and flag it anytime someone is looking to share it.

The only catch is, the preventative action only works if the user is in possession of the original file.

And while it might sound like users are essentially posting revenge porn against themselves, the Verge explains Facebook utilizes a hashing system to avoid storing the photos directly onto its servers.

According to USA Today the limited pilot program is also available in the U.S., U.K., and Canada.

In a statement Australia’s eSafety Commissioner praised the unorthodox measures saying “This pilot has the potential to disable the control and power perpetrators hold over victims.”




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