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Humans to vet Facebook revenge porn photos

10 November 2017

NY lawyer Carrie Coldberg, who specialises in sexual privacy, told The Guardian: "We are delighted that Facebook is helping solve this problem - one faced not only by victims of actual revenge porn but also individuals with worries of imminently becoming victims". The system, now being piloted in Australia in partnership with the country's eSafety Commissioner, allows users to upload nude photos preemptively directly to Facebook Messenger, so the company can create a digital fingerprint of sorts for the file to then prevent it from being uploaded maliciously in the future. The social media platform wants its members to preemptively upload their nude and intimate pictures to Facebook for safe-keeping. He questions how Facebook will protect that uploaded image from hackers. It's called revenge porn - and it's illegal in 38 states.

The new initiative is now being piloted in Australia in partnership with the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.

Inman Grant, the e-Safety Commissioner, told ABC Australia that the images wouldn't be stored on Facebook's servers, just the digital print.

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Outside of the Facebook Messenger pilot project, anyone who thinks they have been a victim of revenge porn can report the photos through Facebook's dedicated reporting process, revamped in April. "They're not storing the image, they're storing the link", Grant replied to concerns about who at Facebook is seeing this material.

During the trial, Facebook's customer support team will review a blurred version of an image sent via Facebook Messenger, then hash it.

Facebook is testing out a pilot program in Australia to prevent revenge porn. The program will be tested in Australia first, followed by the U.S., U.K., and Canada, the Times of London reported. It used this to prevent the image spreading and closed down the majority of accounts reported to it as hosting such images.

Humans to vet Facebook revenge porn photos