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Facebook employees are trained to look at your nude pics

Facebook employees are trained to look at your nude pics

This nude photo inoculation program is now being tested in Australia, with the support and blessing of Australian e-Safety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant.

Facebook is now testing the system - starting in Australia, but spreading to other parts of the world - but it's not really clear how willing potential revenge porn victims will be to go along with the scheme.

It will store a "fingerprint" of images to prevent any copies of them being shared by disgruntled ex-lovers.

"As part of our continued efforts to better detect and remove content that violates our community standards, we're using image matching technology to prevent non-consensual intimate images from being shared on Facebook, Instagram, Facebook Groups and Messenger", Davis said.

"With its billions of users, Facebook is one place where many offenders aggress because they can maximize the harm by broadcasting the nonconsensual porn to those most close to the victim".

In an interview, e-Safety Commissioner Julie Inman addressed privacy concerns, claiming, "They're not storing the image, they're storing the link and using artificial intelligence and other photo-matching technologies".

The process is meant to stop the image ever appearing on Facebook, whoever tries to upload it, by using the Facebook AI technologies used in photo and face matching on the social platform. If you're fortunate enough to not know, revenge porn involves spreading someone's embarrassing nude photos without their consent, whether it's an ex-lover or a celebrity with poor iCloud security.

Back in April, Facebook took steps aimed at combating revenge porn in Canada and the U.S., allowing users to flag an image they suspect was posted without consent. They will then be asked to send the pictures they are concerned about to themselves on Messenger while the e-safety commissioner's office notifies Facebook of their submission.

Revenge porn is increasingly a problem around the world. One out of 25 Americans have been victims of revenge porn, according to a report from the New York-based Data & Society Research Institute.

Nude and other explicit or intimate photos taken during a relationship are being posted online as a way to embarrass people after a breakup.

Grant and Facebook, however, are very confident of Facebook's anti revenge porn tool.


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