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Facebook asking for nude photos to protect users

Facebook asking for nude photos to protect users

Facebook says if you send in your explicit shots, it will make sure they never appear on the social network.

Facebook is inviting users to submit their private pictures as part of a new pilot programme to tackle "revenge porn", The Guardian reports. The potential victim will then be instructed to send the images to their own Facebook account via the platform's Messenger system. The program will be tested in Australia first, followed by the U.S., U.K., and Canada, the Times of London reported. In some cases, the Commissioner will recommend that the user send the nude images to themselves on Facebook Messenger. First, a user must decide to upload the image or video they fear may be used by a malicious third-party, like a vindictive ex partner or an online harasser.

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.

"They're not storing the image, they're storing the link", Grant replied to concerns about who at Facebook is seeing this material.

"These tools, developed in partnership with global safety experts, are one example of how we're using new technology to keep people safe and prevent harm", said Antigone Davis, Facebook's head of global safety, in a statement.

She explained: "Revenge porn is becoming such a huge epidemic among young people, it's absolutely awful and if there's any way to tackle it then we should take that seriously".

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.

Australian eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant said the initiative " aims to empower Australians to stop image-based abuse in its tracks".

The difference is for that the work, the photo needed to already be uploaded to Facebook.