Facebook asking for nude photos to protect users
Revenge porn is one of the latest online problems
Would you deliberately send your nude photos to Facebook? As the company is insisting it needs them for your own protection!
Hope the news is enough to freak out you and it sounds very unusual but its fact now. Let me explain you with example say you have a spiteful ex who decides to embarrass you by posting a nude photo made in private because often we have seen that within the relationship, couples after break up with the intent of taking revenge decides to humiliate her in society by posting the nude images of his partner. So to stop this revengeful attempt Facebook took the initiative by taking the bold step which sounds strange. Its a viral in the society which seemed difficult to come up with a solution but Facebook first time brings out an amazing brilliant solution which sounds like utter madness but its actually a worthful remedy for ending up this crime for forever.
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 closest to the victim. In the US 4 percent of internet users have fallen victim to it, and 10 percent of women under 30 have had someone threaten to post explicit photos of them online against their will, according to a study by Data & Society. Revenge porn is a growing issue in Australia where studies suggest that one in five women aged 18-45 may have been victims.
Send nudes and Facebook will protect you against revenge porn
Facebook says if you send the photo to the company first, it will make sure it never shows up on its site as it is part of a way to prevent someone from posting the photos online as a form of revenge porn. “It would be like sending yourself your image in email, but obviously this is a much safer, secure end-to-end way of sending the image without sending it through the ether,”
The social network has developed an anti-revenge porn system that uses artificial intelligence to recognize and block specific images and is primarily testing it in the UK, US, Canada, and Australia but spreading to other parts of the world soon.
Who will control the system or procedure?
The system has been piloted in Australia with the help of the eSafety Commissioner to allow people to be proactive in combating revenge porn. Rather than waiting for intimate images of themselves to appear online, users can take pre-emptive steps to block the appearance of specific images. It is described as an “emergency option,” and it’s something that is likely to be used by celebrities, or by people who find themselves in a position where they fear revenge porn is likely.
“The safety and well-being of the Facebook community is our top priority and we’re using image matching technology to prevent non-consensual intimate images from being shared on Facebook, Instagram, Facebook Groups and Messenger,” said Antigone Davis, Facebook’s head of global safety.
How it works?
Facebook says once user sends the image via Messenger, it will use technology to create a digital fingerprint or link of the picture which the company can then use to identify the same images if they are uploaded by someone else mean that same naked picture will never show up on Facebook, even if a hacker or an ex-tries to upload it.
- “Users wanting to take part in the scheme must first complete an online form on the Australian e-safety commissioner’s website.
- Then they need to message themselves their nude photos via Messenger and the safety commissioner’s office will notify Facebook of their submission.
- Once Facebook receives this notification, a specially trained representative from their Community Operations team reviews and hashes the image, which creates a human-unreadable, numerical fingerprint of it.
- They store the photo hash – not the photo – to prevent someone from uploading the photo in the future. If someone tries to upload the image to their platform, like all photos on Facebook, it is run through a database of these hashes and if it matches they do not allow it to be posted or shared.
- Once they hash the photo, they will then notify the person via the secure email provided via the commissioner’s website and ask the person to delete the photo from the Messenger thread on their device. Once the person deletes the image from the thread, they will delete the image from their servers.
But can you trust Facebook?
The company says “They’re not storing the image, they’re storing the link and using artificial intelligence and other photo-matching technologies. So if somebody tried to upload that same image, which would have the same digital footprint or hash value, it will be prevented from being uploaded.” According to digital forensics expert Lesley Carhart, who said it’s not that simple to completely delete a digital photograph.Yes, they’re not storing a copy, but the image is still being transmitted and processed.
Facebook will use work differently and can be used to fingerprint photos and videos in a way that’s resilient to such changes.
Who is ready to share their nudes with the Facebook employee?
Facebook says that in actual fact an employee — an actual human being — will have to review the nude images that are sent in. Mean those intimate photos that are uploaded in an attempt to gain protection against revenge porn will have to be manually checked by human eyes to determine whether they do in fact fall into the category of revenge porn. The employee would be part of Facebook’s community operations team and would be “specially trained” to view such uncensored images.
So I would like to request all users that if they feel comfortable while sharing that privacy with their partners through the medium of Facebook then they should rely on the service of the Facebook for the protection of their confidentiality in the social media.