Published: Thu, November 09, 2017
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

Facebook wants your nude photos

Facebook wants your nude photos

During the trial, those anxious about their images being posted as revenge porn have to contact Australia's e-Safety commissioner through an online form, which may then suggest providing them to Facebook. The company is testing a program in Australia that would mark each picture as non-consensual explicit material.

So if a relationship goes sour, you could take proactive steps to prevent any intimate images in possession of your former love interest from being shared widely on Facebook or Instagram.

Around 54,000 cases of revenge porn-the sharing of sexually explicit images and videos without a person's consent-are reported to Facebook each month, according to documents leaked earlier this year.

"If someone fears they are at risk of revenge porn, they can contact e-Safety", they explained. The same, Facebook would like us to believe, will act to prevent anyone to get along with revenge porn tactics. With the issue being one of the pressing problems, Facebook has come up with a solution to combat it. The original image is encrypted and stored as a file on Facebook's servers like a virtual fingerprint, so it should stay secure once you upload it through Facebook Messenger.

The plan is that Facebook will hash the images, encoding them with a unique identifier.

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Facebook told ABC News in Australia the social networking giant would "hash" images, marking them digitally in such a way that any attempted to upload them in future would be blocked.

The new program is being tested in Australia where Facebook is partnering with a small government agency called e-Safety to curb sexual images from being shared without permission.

Facebook says the footprint technology does not allow the company to store the photos, according to the Washington Post. "Of course, we always encourage people to be very careful about where they store intimate photos and preferably to not store them online in any form".

The new method is being practiced in Australia, the US, the United Kingdom and Canada as a preventative tool in combating sextortion. Hany Farid, a computer science professor at Dartmouth University who helped develop similar technology, told The Guardian it's "a terrific idea", though he acknowledged it would not stop people from uploading nudes outside of Facebook - a significant limitation.

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