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Facebook Claims Trained Personnel to Review Nude Images to Counter Revenge Porn

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After announcing steps to curb revenge porn by asking users to send nude pictures of themselves to themselves through Facebook’s messenger, Facebook now says that in its move to counter revenge porn, “specially trained” professionals will review the images and hashes.

“To be clear, people can already report if their intimate images have been shared on our platform without their consent and we will remove and hash them to help prevent further sharing on our platform,” says Facebook’s Global Head of Safety, Antigone Davis, in a blog post. He adds “With this new small pilot, we want to test an emergency option for people to provide a photo proactively to Facebook, so it never gets shared in the first place.”

This programme, Facebbok says, is completely voluntary.

“It’s a protective measure that can help prevent a much worse scenario where an image is shared more widely. We look forward to getting feedback and learning,” says Davis.

Facebook is piloting this move to curb revenge porn in Australia in partnership with the Australian eSafety Commissioner’s Office.

With this new move, Australians who are worried that their intimate images could be shared without their consent can take steps to prevent this from happening.

“If someone tries to upload the image to our platform, like all photos on Facebook, it is run through a database of these hashes and if it matches we do not allow it to be posted or shared. Once we hash the photo, we notify the person who submitted the report via the secure email they provided to the eSafety Commissioner’s office and ask them to delete the photo from the Messenger thread on their device. Once they delete the image from the thread, we will delete the image from our servers,” Davis noted.

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