Revenge porn: Facebook wants nude photos

Janie Parker
November 10, 2017

Humans rather than algorithms will view the naked images voluntarily sent to Facebook in a scheme being trialled in Australia to combat revenge porn.

From there - and once the user has completed an online form through the website of Australia's eSafety Commissioner - a member of Facebook's Community Operations team reviews the image and then "hashes" it, or creates a numerical representation of the image that Facebook says can not be read by humans.

Software being used by Facebook will take the images and create a hash - a digital fingerprint which looks like a series of letters and numbers - which it will recognise if it is uploaded again and automatically block it.

In March, Facebook was embroiled in a scandal when it emerged that a 30,000-strong private members group, Marine United, was routinely sharing images of nude women.

The nude program is now being tested in Australia, with e-safety commissioner Julia Inman Grant revealing in an interview with ABC that she's fully on board with the scheme.

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Antigone Davis, Facebook's head of global safety, said the system is being trialled in the UK, US, Australia and Canada.

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. "My concern has to do with where those images would then be stored after they've been provided to Facebook", he added.

"They're not storing the image, they're storing the link and using artificial intelligence and other photo-matching technologies", Grant said.

In response to the revelations, Facebook introduced a feature that tagged pictures reported to it as revenge porn using photo-matching technology. The program will be tested in Australia first, followed by the U.S., U.K., and Canada, the Times of London reported. Further instances of the images will then be blocked.

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