Hi Facebook, here is my nude picture!

14 November 2017

Well, it is not exactly nude and it’s definitely not me, but you get the point. 

Facebook is telling users to send them naked pictures they might have of themselves for their own protection, as it works with the Australian eSafety Commissioner’s Office to pilot the technology. 

It says it is a way to prevent someone from posting the photos online as a form of revenge porn 

"We don’t want Facebook to be a place where people fear their intimate images will be shared without their consent. We’re constantly working to prevent this kind of abuse and keep this content out of our community. Even though this is a small pilot, we want to be clear about how it works,” said Facebook's Head of Global Safety Antigone Davis. 

Facebook says it will store these images for a short period of time before deleting them to ensure it is enforcing the policy correctly.

According to The Guardian, Facebook and other technology companies use this type of photo-matching technology where images are “hashed” to tackle other types of content including child sex abuse and extremist imagery.

The technology was first developed in 2009 by Microsoft, working closely with Dartmouth and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to clamp down on the same images of sexually abused children being circulated over and over again on the internet.  

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