Facebook is asking for their users to send their nude photos in an attempt to combat revenge porn. Individuals who have sent nude or intimate images are concerned that their partner (or ex-partner) might distribute them without their consent.
And so, Facebook is now suggesting that these images should be “hashed” which means that the social network converts the image into a unique digital fingerprint which will be used to identify and block any attempts to re-upload the image.
There has been numerous criticisms about the hashing such as the sending to and analysis of sexual images by Facebook staff may seem counter-intuitive to protecting peoples privacy.
The social network is already piloting the new technology in Australia in collaboration with a government agency run by the e-safety commissioner, Julia Inman Grant.
First of all, the users must complete an online form detailing their concerns on the commissioner’s website. Then they will be asked to send the relevant images to themselves on messenger while the office then notifies Facebook of the images that have been sent. Following this, a community operations analyst will open the image and hash it in order to block future instances from being shared or uploaded.