Facebook releases new tools to prevent "revenge porn"

Facebook releases new tools to prevent

Facebook releases new tools to prevent "revenge porn"

This will be across Facebook, Messenger and Instagram, meaning your disgruntled ex will have no way of humiliating you with those private images again.

"Facebook is in a unique position to prevent harm, one of our five areas of focus as we help build a global community", wrote Davis.

According to a study of USA victims of non-consensual intimate images, 93% report significant emotional distress and 82% report significant impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of their life.

But starting on Wednesday, Facebook users will be able to report images that were shared without their permission, flagging them as "a nude image of me". After which, representatives from Facebook's Community Operations team will review the image and take it down and also disable the account that shared the image if it is found to be violating their Community Standards. From their, Facebook will use photo-matching technology to make sure no one else is spreading the picture across the other social media platforms.

Users who share "revenge porn" may see their accounts disabled, the company said. The announcement has been welcomed as a significant mark of progress in the fight against revenge porn, a problem plaguing social networks.

The company has partnered with safety organisations to provide users a way to report such content. Facebook says it will offer an appeal process should someone believe an image was incorrectly removed.

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"Revenge porn" refers to the sharing of sexually explicit images on the internet, without the consent of the people depicted in the pictures, in order to extort or humiliate them.

The proposed system is similar to the existing image detection and security features on Facebook, which blocks anti-Semitic and offensive content. It has worked with Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, a group co-founded by a revenge porn victim.

Apart from this, Facebook has also released "a guide specific to Facebook" to help the Facebook community to understand the issue and their rights better.

That's why the new revenge porn policies won't depend on Facebook's AI-based photo recognition tools and will turn instead to a human moderator's judgment.

Feedback throughout the process was provided by the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the Center for Social Research, the Revenge Porn Helpline (U.K.) and the CCRI.

In a comment on his post, Zuckerberg also said that sharing this tool "as a service for others to use is definitely something we'll consider".

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