Facebook anti-revenge porn program asks users for their nude photos

Facebook anti-revenge porn program asks users for their nude photos

Facebook is reportedly testing out a pilot program to counter revenge porn that involves users sending the company nude photos of themselves that may be in others' possession.

The program, which is currently only being deployed in Australia, creates a digital thumbprint of the images, known as “hashing,” that users don’t want spread without their consent on Facebook.

Once a photo is "hashed," Facebook acts to prevent any attempt to re-upload it from another source, as reported Tuesday by The Guardian.

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“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,” a Facebook official said.

Users first fill out a form with Australia’s Office eSafety commissioner about their concerns before submitting the pictures to the agency, which then will relay them to Facebook.

The photos reportedly will only be stored temporarily before being deleted after they have been hashed.

A Facebook spokeswoman told the Guardian that the company is exploring rolling the program out in different countries.