Facebook wants your nude photos - but it's for a good reason

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Users who fear their nude photos could end up on Facebook or Instagram can contact the office, which may then direct the user to send a copy of the photo to themself on Facebook Messenger, BBC News reports.

Facebook aims to create a digital signature of the nude images that users submit so that no porn material can ever be submitted in future. Right now the measure is part of a pilot project in Australia, which Facebook has announced in collaboration a government agency on e-safety headed by Julia Inman Grant. It's worth noting that Facebook already has mechanisms for reporting revenge porn without preemptively sending them the images.

For people who have sent nude photos of themselves, there are risks that the images could fall into the wrong hands, whether that's by a malicious hacker gaining access to your device, or an ex-partner using the images as an exercise in online humiliation.

eSafety Commissioner Inman Grant told the Australian Broadcasting Company that Facebook is not storing these images but are using artificial intelligence and other photo-matching technologies to prevent the image from being posted.

"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", she added.

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Having proven itself capable of taking out Russian agents, Facebook is now rolling out a plan it promises will stop revenge porn. They might then tell you to send the images to yourself on Messenger.

There may also be concerns over sending such highly sensitive images to a firm which has struggled in the past to allay user concerns over security and privacy - even if users are effectively messaging themselves. Or want to ensure that you are not a victim of revenge porn?

From that point, any attempts to upload or share the same image will be blocked, the Guardian reports.

Once Facebook is notified, they use image-matching technology to prevent anyone from sharing it on their platforms. The original image is encrypted and stored as a file on Facebook's servers like a virtual fingerprint, so it should stay secure once you upload it through Facebook Messenger. "Facebook is in a unique position to prevent harm, one of our five areas of focus as we help build a global community".

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