Facebook Urges Consumers To Send Nude Photos To Prevent Their Upload

Posted November 10, 2017

The site is asking users who are concerned that their intimate images might end up online to send those nude photos to themselves via Facebook messenger. "Digital fingerprints" would be added to images to ensure they are spotted and prevented from being uploaded.

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner is the only Australian Government agency taking part in this important pilot, which was borne from a Global Working Group established by Facebook to engage governments and businesses on keeping people safe online. The potential victim will then be instructed to send the images to their own Facebook account via the platform's Messenger system.

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". If someone fears they are at risk of revenge porn, they can contact eSafety.

Users will be able to fill out a form and send their photos to Facebook through messenger, according to an article by CNBC.

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

Facebook is testing an unusual way to put an end to revenge porn - they need your intimate images to do it.

"We're using image-matching technology to prevent non-consensual intimate images from being shared."

But that still requires human workers and human eyes on the sensitive images.

The company is partnering with a small Australian Government agency for a pilot project created to prevent sexual or intimate images being shared without the subject's consent.

Once Facebook receive this notification, its community operations team will use image matching technology to prevent any instances of the image being uploaded or shared online.