The social media network famous for its conservative photo guidelines for users is encouraging its members to upload their nude photos. Facebook, together with the government’s e-Safety Commissioner, piloted its seemingly bizarre program aimed at fighting revenge porn in Australia.
It is now all set to roll it out in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Among the organisations that have partnered with the platform in support of the programme are the Canadian YWCA, the US’ National Network to End Domestic Violence and the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, and the British Revenge Porn Helpline.
How It Works
According to the network’s global safety head, Antigone Davis, users will be able to securely upload any nude photos they are worried might find their way into the public eye. The photos will be hashed, which means the image is identified via a numeric code, and then deleted from the network’s servers within 7 days. The code, however, is stored.
The pictures can be uploaded using a single-use link, which is received once the user has contacted the relevant partner organisation, and has completed and submitted a form. This can be done with photos that users are worried may be shared, or with images that someone has already shared. Once a photo has been hashed, any image with the same code will be blocked if users try uploading it to Facebook, Messenger, or Instagram.
Security has become a major talking point in the online world, especially since so many people have fallen victim to all sorts of schemes, ploys, plots and plans. When it comes to data protection Facebook have learnt many hard lessons, and the social media giant now has to look at how other online entities protect their users. Ruby Fortune is an excellent example of how stringent security protocols and systems keep you safe when playing Roulette, and there are plenty of other sites that lead by example when it comes to data protection. For Facebook, the trick is adapting these policies to suit their medium.
Employees Review Nude Photos
What may yet turn out to be the single most off-putting thing about the revenge porn-fighting program is that nude photos uploaded securely are still seen by strangers’ eyes. Davis confirmed a designated team manually checks that the images would be considered an explicit photo that, if shared without consent, would be considered as revenge porn.
The team also checks the photos to confirm whether uploading them publicly would be considered a violation of the platform’s terms. Users are notified once the images have been hashed and deleted from the servers.
Another matter that could discourage users from taking advantage of Facebook’s novel offer is the Cambridge Analytica personal data scandal that saw network founder Mark Zuckerberg appear before the European Parliament. The EU has recently tightened up its data protection laws.
Davis, however, is confident about the programme, even if he admitted it is still being perfected. According to the Facebook global safety head, the team has travelled internationally to meet victims and to gain deeper insights into the forms and effects of revenge porn.
Online Security Matters
Despite concerns some users may raise, it must be admitted that the social media network has taken a proactive stance in tackling the non-consensual sharing of nude photos. The programme shows that, despite uncomfortable data scandals, the network is serious about trying to protect its members.
It may only be a matter of time before other areas of the online tech industries also adopt innovative approaches to safety and security, but whether they involve sharing naked pics remains to be seen.
What Is Revenge Porn?
Revenge porn is the distributing of personal, sexual videos or photos of someone who has not consented to the images being shared, to embarrass or shame them. It may also happen that the one sharing the media may include personal or other details that identify the victim.
Facebook’s attempt at tackling this rather tasteless phenomenon may seem controversial, but it does at least give those who are in the firing line a chance to put a stop to their naked images going online.