Facebook Introduces New Method to Prevent Revenge Porn

Facebook attracted heavy criticisms over last several months due its role in spreading false information thanks to its massive user base. Now, the social networking giant has announced new measures to stop spread of revenge porn related materials on the platform.

This latest addition to the site comes after back in April, the social networking giant introduced new tools to let users flag non-consensual pornography. However, Facebook is introducing the latest features to prevent such images making its way into the platform completely.

At the moment, the pilot program to stop such posting consist of four participating countries, US, UK, Canada and Australia. Talking about the latest features of the network, e-Safety Commissioner Julie Inman recently told ABC, “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. 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.”

However, as the pilot program will need users to send their intimate images before posting, not all of the users will be comfortable to send the images even to themselves especially given Facebook’s privacy issues. Despite that, we will have to wait and see to find out if the latest features will make it the platform safer to use.

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