Facebook to store nude images to combat revenge porn

Revenge porn is a growing issue worldwide. It is the act of a person posting naked and/or explicit sexual pictures of other people, usually a previous romantic partner.

Women are the most common victims of revenge porn. In many scenarios where maybe photos or videos were taken consensually at one point, but there was not any sort of consent to send the images or videos more broadly.

Facebook is testing a system that allows users to message themselves their nude photos in an effort to combat so-called revenge porn, reports BBC.

It will store a “fingerprint” of images to prevent any copies of them being shared by angry ex-lovers.

But one expert says there will still be problems outside Facebook and related sites such as WhatsApp and Instagram.

According to a spokesperson, “They’re not storing the image, they’re storing the link and using artificial intelligence and other photo-matching technologies.”

The trial is in Australia, where studies suggest one in five women aged 18-45 may have had image-based abuse, BBC said.

The users wanting to take part in the trial must first file a report with the commissioner, who will in turn share it with Facebook.

Prof Clare McGlynn, an expert from Durham Law School, described it as “an innovative experiment”.

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