Facebook asks users to send nude pictures

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They might then tell you to send the images to yourself on Messenger.

As Facebook tests the new strategy out in various countries, some state laws in the United States are making sharing non-consensual explicit images a federal crime, like child porn. Users then send the posts to themselves over Facebook's Messenger app.

Facebook has partnered with an Australian government agency to prevent sexual images - colloquially known as "nudes" - from being shared on Facebook, Instagram and Messenger without the subject's consent.

"If someone fears they are at risk of revenge porn, they can contact e-Safety", they explained.

Facebook hopes the program will prevent people from releasing nude pictures as revenge.

So how does allowing Facebook to see you naked prevent the rest of the world from seeing it? Once the photo has been uploaded, Facebook's hashing system can recognize the photo without it being visible to the public.

The company is testing a new feature that will enable users to upload their own illicit images so that they can be quickly flagged up. With its billions of users, Facebook is one place where many offenders aggress because they can maximize the harm by broadcasting the nonconsensual porn to those most close to the victim.

Facebook will then put a digital fingerprint on the image and will block the sensitive image from appearing if someone tries to upload that same image to Facebook or Instagram.

It is important to note that 4% of US internet users have become victims of revenge porn, according to a 2016 study.

Facebook will store the pictures on its secure servers for a short period of time, so it can ensure it's enforcing the policy correctly, reports the Guardian.

This has led some security experts to warn that more needs to be done to combat revenge porn, particularly in terms of education.

Australia's e-Safety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant said Facebook will not permanently store the image.

Oddly enough, news of this new pilot program comes on the heels of Australian singer Sia taking a similar gambit to ward off greedy paparazzi. Should someone attempt to upload that same nude image, with the same digital footprint, Facebook's technology would prevent that from happening.

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