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Facebook defends revenge porn pilot that has people upload nude images of themselves

Facebook defends revenge porn pilot that has people upload nude images of themselves
From TechCrunch - November 9, 2017

Facebook Global Head of Safety Antigone Davis has clarified some things about how Facebooks test pilot to combat revenge porn in Australia works.The strategy entails uploading your nude photos or videos to Messenger in order to help Facebook tag it as non-consensual explicit media.

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, Davis wrote. This program is completely voluntary. Its a protective measure that can help prevent a much worse scenario where an image is shared more widely.

Facebook is doing this in partnership with Australian government agency eSafety in order to try to prevent people from sharing intimate images without consent. If someone fears they are at risk of revenge porn, they can contact eSafety. The organization might then tell them to send a nude photo of themselves to themselves via Messenger.Facebooks hashing system would then be able to recognize those images in the future without needing to store them on its servers.

In her post, Davis clarifies that eSafety does not have access to the actual image. However, a specially trained representative from [Facebooks] Community Operations team does need to first review the image before hashing it. Once the image has been hashed, Facebook notifies the person who submitted the photo and asks them to delete the photo from Messenger. At that point, Facebook will delete the image from its servers.

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