Facebook wants your nude selfies to combat 'revenge porn'

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Turns out, before the image can be "hashed", an actual human at Facebook has to look at it to make sure it "fits the definition of revenge porn". The same hashing technology has been used for years to prevent the spread of child porn, and is also used by internet companies to share and block terrorist images, reported the Telegraph. Adults who have shared nude or sexually explicit photos with someone online and now are anxious about unauthorised distribution can report images to the Australian government's Safety Committee. "It's a protective measure that can help prevent a much worse scenario where an image is shared more widely".

Users will be asked to send the imagery to themselves on Messenger while the eSafety Commissioner's office notifies Facebook of their submission.

She explained: "Revenge porn is becoming such a huge epidemic among young people, it's absolutely frightful and if there's any way to tackle it then we should take that seriously".

Users wanting to take part in the scheme must first complete an online form on the Australian e-safety commissioner's website.

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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Inman Grant, the e-Safety Commissioner, told ABC Australia that the images wouldn't be stored on Facebook's servers, just the digital print.

The pilot program will also be tested in the United Kingdom, and Canada, as well as here in the US, where one in 25 Americans have been a victim of revenge porn.

The unorthodox scheme is now being tested among Facebook's Australian users, but Britain, Canada and the United States are also expected to take part in the project.

Facebook wants users to upload their nudes in order to put a stop to revenge porn. Further instances of the images will then be blocked.

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