Facebook now testing a system that will help end revenge porn

Facebook can use technology to "hash" nude images, which means Facebook creates a traceable digital fingerprint or link.

Would you send Facebook an explicit image to prevent it from being shared?

New reports from Australia's Broadcasting Corporation detail its plan on combating all revenge porn for Facebook, Instagram and Messenger users.

All one has got to do is to contact Australia's e-Safety Commissioner (since right now they are trying this in Australia) if they're anxious about the fact that their images might get leaked.

Oddly enough, news of this new pilot program comes on the heels of Australian singer Sia taking a similar gambit to ward off greedy paparazzi. If you're fortunate enough to not know, revenge porn involves spreading someone's embarrassing nude photos without their consent, whether it's an ex-lover or a celebrity with poor iCloud security.

PixabayHow does this anti Revenge Porn tool work?

After Australia, Facebook will test the new technology in the USA, United Kingdom and Canada, according to Mashable.

The company says it won't store the pictures and only Facebook's AI is supposed to access them, but the system still requires an enormous amount of trust from users. But, it still remains to be seen how confident users are in giving their intimate images and videos to Facebook, considering Facebook's bad reputation with regards to privacy and consumer trust. Then the social networking firm, in collaboration with e-Safety, wants the users to upload their intimate photos directly to their messenger.

According to The Guardian, it works by converting the privately uploaded images into a "digital fingerprint", which can then be used to block any attempt to re-upload the same photograph.

Facebook then uses the photo-matching AI it's already been using when it automatically tags your face in images and the like.

In 2015, it became illegal in Wales and England to share private or sexual images or video without the subject's permission, and as of April 2017, 206 people were prosecuted under these new rules.

Facebook has come up with an unusual method of tackling the menace of revenge porn, one that might even seem insane as well. Once that's done, every photo like that one will be unable to be uploaded to Facebook.

So, what is "revenge porn?".

  • Essie Rivera