Facebook asks for nude photos from Australian users to combat 'revenge porn'

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Facebook wants you to send in your nude pictures… to stop revenge porn

Facebook is running a test in Australia to fight revenge porn by asking users to send the company their naked photos so the images can be blocked.

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

Experts in the field have welcomed the initiative but have warned that it will only tackle the problem on Facebook and its associated sites, WhatsApp and Instagram.

Antigone Davis, Facebook's head of global safety, said the system is being trialled in the UK, US, Australia and Canada.

The Australian government's Office of the eSafety Commissioner announced it is one of four countries who is in a pilot program with Facebook that will help prevent intimate images from being posted and shared across Facebook, Messenger, Facebook Groups and Instagram.

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She sought to reassure potential victims who might be concerned about proactively sending themselves intimate photos.

He said: "It is a bit much having to send a picture of yourself, I'd be anxious that it could get into the wrong hands".

"They're not storing the image, they're storing the link and using artificial intelligence and other photo-matching technologies", she said.

Facebook has already gives users the option to report revenge porn, and will remove pictures and block the person who uploaded them from future sharing.

So, the solution to preventing complete strangers from seeing your nudes is... to send your nudes to a complete stranger.

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Graham Cluley, a security consultant, said that security would be the priority.

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Once Facebook receive this notification, its community operations team will use image matching technology to prevent any instances of the image being uploaded or shared online.

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