Social Issues

Facebook promises to remove revenge porn- but only if you send them your own nudes 

In an attempt to combat the rise of revenge porn on its platform Facebook is creating a new policy. 

The catch? In order to use the new policy, Facebook requires users to upload any nude photos of themselves that think may be distributed without consent — a process which involves a Facebook employee reviewing the uploaded images. 

The pilot program is designed to prevent intimate images of users from appearing against their will on the social network’s platform.Users worried an inappropriate image might appear on Facebook’s platforms are asked to send an intimate image via Messenger, a preventive measure designed to flag the images before they’re shared.

The Australian government’s Office of the eSafety Commissioner announced it is joining a pilot program with Facebook. According to the eSafety Office, if a Facebook user in Australia is concerned about an intimate image spreading online, they fill out a form, then send the image to themselves using Messenger.

Once Facebook is notified, they use image-matching technology to prevent anyone from sharing it on their platforms.

“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, in a statement.

The limited pilot program is available in three other countries: the U.S., U.K., and Canada.

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