The social media platform is asking users to send their most personal pictures to help it combat revenge porn. The company will use the photo to make a digital footprint so its image-matching technology can stop someone from uploading a copy. Facebook says it won't store the photos. The United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada are also expected to test the program.
That's where the system can backfire, according to digital forensics expert Lesley Carhart, who said it's not that simple to completely delete a digital photograph. "Leaving forensic evidence in memory and potentially on disk", Carhart told Motherboard.
The pilot provides a portal for people concerned that an intimate image may be shared online to report it to the Office of the eSafety Commissioner who will notify Facebook to prevent any instances of the image being uploaded after the notification has been actioned.
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"It would be like sending yourself your image in email, but obviously this is a much safer, secure end-to-end way of sending the image without sending it through the ether", Grant said.
The trial is being run alongside Australia's e-Safety Commission, and asks any users anxious about ex-partners posting intimate photos to provide the images to the social network so they can be marked and prevented from appearing online in future. They're storing the link and using artificial intelligence and other photo-matching technologies.
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".
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Facebook has already gives users the option to report revenge porn, and will remove pictures and block the person who uploaded them from future sharing.
Users will be able to fill out a form and send their photos to Facebook through messenger, according to an article by CNBC.
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