Facebook Wants Your Naked Photos To Combat 'Revenge Porn'

Facebook will soon ask its users to upload naked photos of themselves to the social media website in order to stop revenge porn.

On Tuesday, the social network announced that they are testing their new initiative to fight “revenge porn,” it will stop its users from “proactively” uploading scandalous pictures of their former sexual partner online without his or her consent.

The new feature will scan through the images and then ensure that these kinds of images are not uploaded to the site. This technique is an attempt to stop so-called revenge porn.

To stop that, the site will ask its users to upload any images they think might be able to used to harm them. The images will then be assigned a digital fingerprint so that any attempts to upload them can be stopped.

According to Facebook,  for uploading pictures there will be a “secure, one-time upload link,” which will be reviewed by a “handful of specially trained members of our Community Operations Safety Team."

Facebook's Global Head of Safety, Antigone Davis said in a post " people who worry that someone might want to harm them by sharing an intimate image can proactively upload it so we can block anyone else from sharing it on Facebook, Instagram, or Messenger:

  • Anyone who fears an intimate image of them may be 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 and create a unique fingerprint, or hash, that 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 and delete the images 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 it from appearing on Facebook, Instagram or Messenger."

 Facebook has started testing phase for users in the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia.