Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Facebook explains how it'll review nude photos to stop revenge porn

A Like logo at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park Calif A Like logo at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park Calif
Derrick Tucker | 10 November, 2017, 01:08

Clifford Neuman has taken a first look at the new Facebook pilot program in Australia that will also come to the U.S. The program is a protection tool.

The system will see the Facebook community operations team using image matching technology to block the images being uploaded or shared online.

The company has since said that a version of the technology is coming to the UK, Wired reports. So if someone posts the offending pic, Facebook can prevent it from being uploaded.

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner is the only Australian Government agency taking part in this important pilot, which was borne from a Global Working Group established by Facebook to engage governments and businesses on keeping people safe online. "They're not storing the image, they're storing the link", Grant replied to concerns about who at Facebook is seeing this material.

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

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Four percent of internet users in the USA have been victims of revenge porn and 10 percent of women under the age of 30 have had someone threaten to expose explicit photos of them online, according to a 2016 study by the research institute Data & Society. The organization might then tell them to send a nude photo of themselves to themselves via Messenger.

Julie Inman Grant, Australia's e-Safety commissioner, said the company will not store the images permanently as after they are processed into a hash, the code is all that will remain.

According to FOX News, after piloting in Australia, Facebook plans to test the program in the United States, Britain and Canada.

"To prevent adversarial reporting, at this time we need to have humans review the images in a controlled, secure environment", Stamos further explained on Twitter.

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