Facebook Asks Australia For Nude Pics To Test ‘Revenge Porn’ Defense

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Facebook is operative on a new approach to absolved a height of ‘revenge porn,’ and giving it a initial whisk in Australia (where, incidentally, Domino’s Pizza and McDonald’s have also experimented with unusual deliveries); specifically, they’ll be seeking for nudes.

The Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported this week that Facebook will be contrast out a new preemptive process for restraint a unapproved placement of bare photos on a site, and (they hope) with a assistance of Australian Facebook users. According to ABC, Facebook has partnered with a country’s e-Safety Commissioner to rise a program, directed during safeguarding not usually working victims of vengeful image-sharing, though also intensity ones.

In short, a exam module would concede users who are disturbed their insinuate photos competence be common on a site to upload such photos to Messenger, and algorithmically assess-and-tag or “hash” their calm for destiny reference. Facebook’s print and face-matching algorithms would afterwards be on a surveillance for those photos should they seem elsewhere on a platform, according to a plan.

As the The Verge explained, “This works usually if you’re in possession of a strange file, though it would seem to bypass any attempts from a antagonistic third celebration to change a metadata by examining and tagging a tangible calm of a picture or video.”

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Facebook previously implemented a photo-matching apparatus to quarrel punish porn behind in April, though designed to work after a fact. Under that system, photos that have been entirely identified as unapproved for use theoretically get flagged for dismissal if they’re after common on Messenger.

Julie Inman Grant, e-Safety Commissioner for Australia, commented to ABC, “We see many scenarios where maybe photos or videos were taken consensually during one point, though there was not any arrange of agree to send a images or videos some-more broadly.”

Shon Handrahan appears in justice Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015, in Farmington, Utah. Authorities contend a 31-year-old sent bare cinema of his disloyal mother to her acquaintances in 2012; in 2015, he pleaded guilty to dual transgression depends of distributing racy material. (Credit: AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool)

Grant also stressed that, notwithstanding many everyone’s expected tummy greeting to a plan, a cybersecurity tactic would not be counterintuitive.

“They’re not storing a image. They’re storing a couple and regulating synthetic comprehension and other photo-matching technologies,” she said. “So if somebody attempted to upload that same image, that would have a same digital footprint or crush value, it will be prevented from being uploaded.”

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In sequence to attend in a exam program, Australian Facebook users will need to fill out an online form with a country’s e-Safety office explaining a problem. Afterward, they’ll need to send a photos in doubt to themselves regulating Messenger, on that Facebook gets told of a acquiescence and can go about hashing a photos for showing in the system.

As The Guardian pointed out, some estimates have suggested that tighten to 4% of U.S. internet users have been victims of punish porn, including 10% of women underneath 30.


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