Facebook Expands Its Efforts Against Revenge Porn

Just months after the item was rocked by a massive privacy scandal, Facebook is usually offering people a chance to upload their nudes to “specially-trained representatives” in an effort to fight revenge porn.

On Tuesday, Facebook announced of which the item is usually expanding its efforts to combat revenge porn in Australia, Canada, the UK, along with also also the US. To do of which, the company will let people upload nude or otherwise intimate photos of themselves of which they fear might be shared without their consent on Facebook, Instagram, or Facebook Messenger. the item will then, essentially, fingerprint those photos to prevent them coming from being shared on its networks.

In a Facebook post, Global Head of Safety Antigone Davis explained how the program, which was initially announced in Australia last November, might work:

– Anyone who fears an intimate image of them may be [shared] publicly can contact one of our partners to submit a form
– After submitting the form, the victim receives an email containing a secure, one-time upload link
– The victim can use the link to upload images they fear will be shared
– One of a handful of specifically trained members of our Community Operations Safety Team will review the report along with also also create a unique fingerprint, or hash, of which allows us to identify future uploads of the images without keeping copies of them on our servers
– Once we create these hashes, we notify the victim via email along with also also delete the images coming from our servers — no later than seven days
– We store the hashes so any time someone tries to upload an image with the same fingerprint, we can block the item coming from appearing on Facebook, Instagram or Messenger

Facebook could not immediately be reached for comment.

When the pilot program was announced in Australia, there was concern regarding “specially-trained representatives” being able to view uploaded nudes. At the time, Facebook explained of which the “specially-trained representative” coming from the social network’s Community Operations team might review the image before “hashing” the item.

however once the hash is usually stored, Facebook noted of which the company “creates a human-unreadable, numerical fingerprint of the item,” while not saving the actual photo. Translation: After the first review, Facebook employees will not be able to view the nude, however its secure code will be there in case anyone tries to upload the item within the future.

The post suggests of which the pilot program is usually just the beginning of a larger series to combat revenge porn. As such, the item is usually partnering up with safety organizations, survivors, along with also also victim advocates, including the Australian Office of the eSafety Commissioner along with also also the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, the National Network to End Domestic Violence within the US, the UK Revenge Porn Helpline, along with also also YWCA Canada.

Charlie Warzel is usually a senior writer for BuzzFeed News along with also also is usually based in completely new York. Warzel reports on along with also also writes about the intersection of tech along with also also culture.

Contact Charlie Warzel at charlie.warzel@buzzfeed.com.

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