09 November, 2017
It requires users who are anxious about their intimate photos being shared on the platform to upload them to Messenger.
The Office of the E-Safety Commissioner in Australia states that image-based abuse isn't just a matter of revenge porn, however, and that it is a growing problem in the country.
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The method of nude photo transmission, and the duration such photos are held, could raise fears submitted images could be intercepted in transit or while stored - moreover, hashing technology can be fooled by users simply resizing or cropping images. The answer is-revenge porn.
"We see many scenarios where maybe photos or videos were taken consensually at one point, but there was not any sort of consent to send the images or videos more broadly", she told the Australian broadcaster.
Facebook had come up with another anti-revenge porn feature in April earlier this year. Compromising images that are shared with Facebook will be hashed to create a digital fingerprint which the company can then use to identify the same images if they are uploaded by someone else.
Facebook's goal is to prevent the uploading of intimate photos from a vengeful partner or someone who might seek to harm your reputation. There was technology that could find exact matches of images, but abusers could get around this by slightly altering the files - either by changing their size or adding a small mark.
In March, a private Facebook group of Marines, with almost 30,000 members, was outed for hosting hundreds, potentially thousands, of explicit photos of female Marines and veteran service members without their consent. Facebook "in most cases" will delete the account of the person who first shared the image, Vice reported. Protecting people from revenge porn. That fingerprint, or "hash", would be used to stop the image being uploaded in the future.