Facebook suggests users upload nudes to avoid revenge porn

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The Australian Office of the safety commission declared that they have partnered with the Facebook on a pilot scheme that will allow anyone to report such photos.

A recent study found that one in five Australians have been victims of revenge porn. If the subject of those images told Facebook that the photos had been shared without their permission, Facebook's image-recognition technology would then spot those images if someone attempted to share them again, essentially preventing them from being reposted to Facebook or Instagram or shared repeatedly through Messenger.

"They're not storing the image, they're storing the link and using artificial intelligence and other photo-matching technologies", e-Safety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant told ABC.

Four countries including Australia are now being used for the pilot test according to Facebook's head of global safety, Antigone Davis.

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Now the Facebook's new way to tackle revenge porn is going to be tested only in Australia although a Facebook spokesperson told the Guardian that it is exploring partnerships with other organisations in other countries to test something similar. Both men and women were found to be victims, but those in marginalized groups were found to be at the greatest risk.

"[The system] 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".

Facebook, Twitter and other sites have been using similar hashing technology to identify images containing child abuse or extremist content for several years.

Ms Inman Grant said image-based abuse could be an "incredibly devastating experience" for victims.

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Facebook's software would create a "hash" - a digital fingerprint of the photo - so it can be recognised the next time it is uploaded and automatically blocked.

Here's a novel idea: What if you could stop revenge pornography of yourself from spreading by sending your nude photograph to Facebook? A Facebook community operations analyst will then find the image and hash it. They will be prompted to send the pictures they are concerned about to themselves on Messenger; meanwhile, the e-safety commissioner's office tells Facebook of the submission.

However, it has been demonstrated that machine vision systems can be easily tricked by slight changes that would be virtually indistinguishable to the human eye.

"Yes, they're not storing a copy, but the image is still being transmitted and processed". The US, UK and Canada will also participate in the pilot with Facebook.

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