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Humans to vet Facebook revenge porn photos

Facebook is trying to combat “revenge porn” by encouraging users to submit their nude Facebook is trying to combat “revenge porn” by encouraging users to submit their nude
Carlton Santiago | 10 November, 2017, 01:04

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

"They're not storing the image".

Facebook is asking its Australian users to send their nude pics in order to avoid revenge porn on social media.

Australian e-safety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant said it is one of four countries - the others being the US, United Kingdom and Canada - participating in the test program, but Facebook told "Today" that it is still in talks with the other three nations about expanding there. When uploading content to Facebook or any other site, there is always a fear that the content could be used to harass or bully the original uploader.

Once Facebook receives notice of the image, their community operations team will use image-matching technology to prevent the image from being uploaded or shared online.

"We're pleased to work with the eSafety Commissioner as the only Australian representative on our working group on this important initiative, and applaud her leading role in promoting online safety across the country", said Mia Garlick, Facebook's Director of Policy A-NZ.

Facebook has already gives users the option to report revenge porn, and will remove pictures and block the person who uploaded them from future sharing. While Facebook originally announced these plans in April, the pilot program is now underway. A new artificial intelligence technology will remember the photo and zap it if anyone tries to post it to Facebook, Messenger or Instagram. The program will be tested in Australia first, followed by the U.S., U.K., and Canada, the Times of London reported.

"This pilot has the potential to disable the control and power perpetrators hold over victims, particularly in cases of ex-partner retribution and sextortion, and the subsequent harm that could come to them", said Inman Grant. "They're not storing the image, they're storing the link", Grant replied to concerns about who at Facebook is seeing this material.

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