Facebook to use photo-matching to block repeat ‘revenge porn’

Social media giant Facebook Wednesday it is adding additional tools to enable users report so-called “revenge porn” and automatically stop images from being shared again once they have been banned.

Facebook to use photo-matching to block repeat 'revenge porn'

The term “revenge porn” is connected to the sharing of sexually explicit images on the internet, without the consent of the people seen in the picture, just to humiliate or extort them financially. Often times, the practice is targeted at women disproportionately by every often their ex partners.

The largest social media network in the world Facebook has been sued both in the United States and elsewhere by individuals who contend that the network should have done more to prevent the “revenge porn” practice. Early in 2015, Facebook argued that images “shared in revenge” were prohibited, and users have long had the avenue to report such posts as violating the terms of service of the platform.

Starting Wednesday, Facebook users worldwide would see the option to report a picture as inappropriate specifically because it is a “nude photo of me,” Facebook said in a statement.

The statement also mentioned an automated process to stop the continuous sharing of prohibited images. A photo-matching software will prevent the pictures off the core Facebook network cum Instagram and Messenger services, Facebook said.

People who share “revenge porn” may see their accounts disabled, the company said.

Facing criticism, the company last year met representatives from more than 150 women’s safety organizations and decided it needed to do more, Antigone Davis, global head of safety at Facebook, said in a phone interview.

A specially trained group of Facebook employees will provide human review of each reported image, Davis said.

The process to prevent repeat sharing requires Facebook to retain the banned pictures in a database, although the images are blurred and only a small number of employees have access to the database, the company said.

Prosecutors and lawmakers have also sought ways to prevent the spread of “revenge porn,” seeking additional penalties for a practice that they said has ruined careers and families and even led people committing suicide.

 

 

 

Credits: Reuters, Stingged.com

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