In an effort to stop revenge porn, Facebook is asking users in the UK, the USA and Canada to send naked photos of themselves to the social network after a trial in Australia.
The way it works, you send your nudes to Facebook and they use image recognition technology to block the future use of the image.
According to reports, a small group of about five specially trained reviewers get to see your images in order to create a unique digital fingerprint, or hash, on the photo. The hash is kept in an image database so if someone ever attempts to upload the image to Facebook or one of its sister sites (Instagram and Messenger), it will be instantly flagged and blocked before anyone gets the chance to see it.
Facebook’s Global Head of Safety, Antigone Davis posted a statement saying:
“It’s demeaning and devastating when someone’s images are shared without their permission, and we want to do everything to help victims of this abuse.
“We’re now partnering with safety organisations on a way for people to securely submit photos they fear will be shared without their consent, so we can block them being uploaded to Facebook, Instagram and Messenger.”
Facebook has already conceded that the technology isn’t foolproof as people are able to manipulate pictures so that they are different to the original and a quick edit in Photoshop may be all it takes to get around the system.
This announcement comes as Facebook plans to launch its own dating service.