Why is Facebook asking for our nudes?

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Revenge porn is something ten years ago we would never have had to worry about but in todays society with phones and technology so advanced, revenge porn is a growing issue. If you don’t know what it is, it’s uploading an intimate photo you have received from someone and the sexually explicit portrayal of one or more people that is distributed without their consent.

In order to tackle Revenge porn, Facebook wants users to upload naked pictures of themselves to Messenger. Sounds crazy right?

Facebook believes the best way to combat people uploading your nudes could be to post intimate pictures of yourself online before anyone else manages to.

It is certainly a different approach, one that has caused much controversy and divided opinion.

The anti revenge porn system uses artificial intelligence to recognise and block specific images. It is currently being tested in the UK, US, Canada and Australia.

“The safety and well-being of the Facebook community is our top priority,” said Antigone Davis, Facebook’s head of global safety.

“As part of our continued efforts to better detect and remove content that violates our community standards, we’re using image matching technology to prevent non-consensual intimate images from being shared on Facebook, Instagram, Facebook Groups and Messenger.”

Facebook will create a digital fingerprint of a nude picture you flag up to it through Messenger, and automatically block anyone from uploading the same image to the site at a later date.

The company says it won’t store the pictures and only Facebook’s AI is supposed to access them and if you are concerned about more than one explicit image of you being posted to the site, you’d have to upload all of them to Messenger!

Furthermore, the system will only protect you from revenge porn on Facebook. People would still be able to post the pictures on other social media platforms and elsewhere.

“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.”

I certainly think actions taken in order to combat revenge porn is important, because being a victim of that abuse must be awful, but what do you guys make of it? Tweet me what you think! Will this work and how do you feel about uploading your intimate photos to Messenger?