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Facebook Is Asking Users To Send Nude Photos For Security Reasons

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Revenge porn has been a part of internet culture for years, with disgruntled exes or malicious individuals posting videos or photos of victims in compromising situations. In an effort to combat this problem, Facebook is now implementing new security measures that apparently require users to send nude photos of themselves.

This is apparently not just Facebook employees being creepy and it’s contained in Australia, for now, The Verge reports. The social network seems to be implementing these new measures in cooperation with Australia’s e-Safety Commission, which is responsible for tracking and preventing online abuses.

In order to improve the social media site’s ability to identify and prevent it from being uploaded to the network, users are being asked to send photos or videos of themselves in the nude via Facebook or Messenger. This is basically an attempt to head off any chance of the photos or videos being uploaded to the platform in the future.

Once the photos are in Facebook’s possession, the social network will then be able to track the file’s digital footprint. If someone attempts to upload the content without permission, it can then be stopped.

Apparently, the photos or videos are not even being stored, Engadget reports. Following the voluntary upload, the files will then be subjected to a host of artificial intelligence and advanced photo-detection technologies in order to gain their digital signature. After Australia, the program is going to move to the U.S. and the UK, with Canada trailer after.

It’s worth noting that even with these steps, completely stamping out revenge porn might not be possible. After all, with a few alterations, photos can look completely different to a computer, even one equipped with artificial intelligence. Depending on how tech savvy the perpetrator is, nudes or sex tapes can still be spread on Facebook.

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