Facebook: send nudes and we'll protect you against revenge porn

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

Further, Facebook is asking all its users - at least in Australia for the moment - to comply with the above to deny anyone the chance to post sexually explicit material that the user might be part of. Facebook says its community operations team will use a hash system to prevent the photo from being shared across Facebook, Instagram, or Messenger.

The plan is somewhat brilliant, albeit a simple one.

Wait! Before you send that nude photo to your new flame, Facebook wants to see it.

The need for tools like these on Facebook became particularly apparent in March 2017, with the uncovering of Marines United, a secret Facebook group with more than 30,000 servicemen who non-consensually traded women's private photos.

"These tools, developed in partnership with global safety experts, are one example of how we're using new technology to keep people safe and prevent harm", said Antigone Davis, Facebook's head of global safety, in a statement. Victims won't have to worry about putting out the fire if Facebook won't let it get started in the first place, or so the reasoning goes.

As a platform (in) directly responsible for the proliferation of revenge porn, Facebook is now trying to help put a stop to it.

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Jurisdictions have made laws criminalising the act, with some regions like the United Kingdom expanding existing laws like Communications Act 2003 or the Malicious Communications Act 1988 to prosecute offenders.

"Digital fingerprints" would be added to images to ensure they are spotted and prevented from being uploaded.

It will store a "fingerprint" of images to prevent any copies of them being shared by disgruntled ex-lovers.

"But the rest depends on Facebook's security controls around this".

Revenge porn is one of the latest online problems, and it's one to which it would seem hard to come up with a solution.

According to a 2016 study by the Data & Society Research Institute, One in 25 Americans has been a victim of threats or posts of almost nude or nude images without their permission. "Some information is more valuable for hackers, and hashed photos could be one of them". More protections for people who could be affected by revenge porn are desperately needed, but this method of protecting privacy has some people unnerved.

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