Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Facebook to use naked images to combat revenge porn

Facebook Asks For Australians' Nude Pics To Test 'Revenge Porn' Defense Why revenge porn is chronically under-reported
Garry Little | 09 November, 2017, 00:58

Facebook wants users to upload nude pictures of themselves to Messenger.

Facebook aims to create a digital signature of the nude images that users submit so that no porn material can ever be submitted in future.

It seems Australians are having problems with #Revenge Porn, or to give it a more official title, "image-based abuse".

Australian e-Safety Commissioner, Julie Inman Grant, was at pains to point out that the images would not end up on the social network's servers.

The idea is that the best way to combat revenge porn if you suspect someone would do that to you is to teach Facebook's algorithms how you look naked, so pictures of you can't be shared online using Facebook's services.

I guess you've got to be pretty anxious that some toe-rag is interested in sharing nude photographs of you, if you're prepared to ask for Facebook's help in this way.

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

There may also be concerns over sending such highly sensitive images to a firm which has struggled in the past to allay user concerns over security and privacy - even if users are effectively messaging themselves. If they decide the images have been shared violate Facebook's community standards, in many cases, the account which shared the image will be disabled, the company said. Hashing basically means they're turning it into a unique digital fingerprint, or a bunch of data about the image, which can then be used to compare it to other images for similarity.

Facebook is first trying and testing the technology in Australia where it is partnering with a government agency led by e-safety commissioner, Julia Inman Grant.

Facebook says the footprint technology does not allow the company to store the photos, according to the Washington Post.

This builds on existing tools Facebook has to deal with revenge porn. Here's the catch: Facebook needs to have a nude photo to recognize and delete a nude photo.

Earlier this year, Facebook implemented a photo-matching tool in the USA to stop sharing of content tagged as revenge porn in the past.

After that, it would be up to the company's AI tech to prevent anyone from uploading porn depicting the same person.

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