Published: Thu, November 09, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Facebook Wants Your Nude Photos (for a Good Cause)

Once Facebook receive this notification, its community operations team will use image matching technology to prevent any instances of the image being uploaded or shared online.

Would you voluntarily send Facebook nude photos of yourself?

Humans rather than algorithms will view the naked images voluntarily sent to Facebook in a scheme being trialled in Australia to combat revenge porn. In a statement on the trial, Facebook said: "This is an initial pilot in Australia".

"We have a great deal of comfort that they have chose the most secure route ... we want to empower people to be able to protect themselves and take action, we don't want to make them vulnerable".

The new bill will make it illegal to post sexually explicit images online without consent of the person pictured - while also criminalising "upskirting;" the practice of taking photos or videos up a person's skirt without their knowledge. "Yes, they're not storing a copy, but the image is still being transmitted and processed". The program will be tested in Australia first, followed by the U.S., U.K., and Canada, the Times of London reported.

Your phone may be hacked or a relationship turn sour, meaning the "revenge porn" picture could be made public without your say so. "They're not storing the image, they're storing the link and using artificial intelligence and other photo-matching technologies".

"With its billions of users, Facebook is one place where many offenders aggress because they can maximize the harm by broadcasting the nonconsensual porn to those most close to the victim", she said.

"This partnership gives Australians a unique opportunity to proactively inoculate themselves from future image-based abuse by coming to our portal and reporting tool", said Julie Inman Grant, Australia's eSafety Commissioner.

Earlier this year, for example, Facebook shut down a private group called Marines United, in which more than 30,000 members, many of them active-duty Marines, solicited and shared nude photos of their female colleagues.

Social media giant Facebook is trialling a new system urging users to 'send nudes'.

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