Facebook asks users to share naked photos in a bid to tackle revenge porn

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Bizarre as this may seem but in an attempt to keep all their users’ nude photos safe, Facebook is very politely asking for them to be uploaded.

No, this is not April 1st nor is it any type of FAKE news!

There is some method in their madness as the company will scan through the images and ensuring that they will not be uploaded to the Facebook site. The idea behind this new feature is to combat the increase in so-called revenge porn.

Facebook will ask their users to upload any images they think could be used against them. Each possibly harmful image will be given a digital fingerprint so any future attempts to upload them to the site can be stopped.

The digital fingerprint will be used on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram to look for possible matches if found the picture will not be uploaded or shared. The company has stated that only “specifically trained” employees are able to view the uploaded images.

The image approval team will decide if the pictures are of an intimate nature and apply the special fingerprint or “hash” to the image in question. The intimate image will then be deleted from the Facebook servers leaving only the digital fingerprint remaining.

This should ensure the photo is never seen just in case the Facebook’s servers are compromised.

The controversial pilot program will initially begin in the UK, US, Australia and Canada.

Facebook said the new tool had been devised and introduced, “in partnership with an international working group of safety organizations, survivors, and victim advocates, including the Australian Office of the eSafety Commissioner, the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative and The National Network to End Domestic Violence in the US, the UK Revenge Porn Helpline, and YWCA Canada”.

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