Facebook asking for nude photos to protect users

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Facebook is involved in a groundbreaking scheme to stop revenge porn before it happens, by "blocking" nudes which a disgruntled ex might upload.

NY lawyer Carrie Coldberg, who specialises in sexual privacy, told The Guardian: "We are delighted that Facebook is helping solve this problem - one faced not only by victims of actual revenge porn but also individuals with worries of imminently becoming victims". "This program is completely voluntary". So if someone posts the offending pic, Facebook can prevent it from being uploaded.

Users are encouraged to send intimate photos to Facebook, who will put a unique digital fingerprint on it before it is sent to the recipient.

Facebook Australia's plan to fight revenge porn seems a bit counterintuitive. If any user will try to share that image then his account may get suspended for safety measures.

Facebook's hashing system would then be able to recognize those images in the future without needing to store them on its servers.


She added the hash can not be turned back into an image. Facebook says it's storing the file for only a brief amount of time, and that it's still only a blurred out version of the file that only a small number of employees on the Community Operations team has access to.

"The reality is that we're living in a world where breaches have become the third certainty in life where hackers are sophisticated, they're determined, they're persistent, they're very creative and there is no right to be forgotten".

NCII is short for non-consensual intimate imagery. So Facebook is saying there shouldn't be easy workarounds like changing some basic aspect of the photo file to bypass the company's detection system.

But that still requires human workers and human eyes on the sensitive images. It used this to prevent the image spreading and closed down the majority of accounts reported to it as hosting such images.

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