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

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The potential victim will then be instructed to send the images to their own Facebook account via the platform's Messenger system.

Facebook is asking users to send them their nude photos in an effort to tackle revenge porn.

She explained: "Revenge porn is becoming such a huge epidemic among young people, it's absolutely disgusting and if there's any way to tackle it then we should take that seriously".

The BBC understands that members of Facebook's community operations team will look at the images in order to make a "fingerprint" of them to prevent them being uploaded again. While the initial report made clear that it was not in fact counter-productive and gave Facebook the means to track the files across its network, many people still walked away from the story bewildered. "Yes, they're not storing a copy, but the image is still being transmitted and processed".

The Guardian quoted Carrie Goldberg, a New York-based lawyer who specializes in sexual privacy, saying: "We are delighted that Facebook is helping solve this problem - one faced not only by victims of actual revenge porn but also individuals with worries of imminently becoming victims".

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"The safety and well-being of the Facebook community is our top priority", Davis said. "They're not storing the image, they're storing the link", Grant replied to concerns about who at Facebook is seeing this material.

The company are encouraging users to upload their nude images to Messenger.

Some critics, however, suggest a better method would be one that doesn't require uploading the image in the first place. "Once they delete the image from the thread, we will delete the image from our servers". Stamos went on to say that Facebook takes steps to protect the data and only retains non-reversible hashes.

"To prevent adversarial reporting, at this time we need to have humans review the images in a controlled, secure environment", Stamos further explained on Twitter.