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Facebook's send-us-your-nudes service is coming to the UK

Facebook's send-us-your-nudes service is coming to the UK

In the Australian pilot, users must complete a form on the e-safety commissioner's website outlining their concerns, before sending the pictures they are concerned about to themselves using Messenger.

Facebook then creates a unique "digital fingerprint" of each image to prevent any copies of them being uploaded on Facebook or Instagram by a hacker or a disgruntled lover. CNBC reports Facebook's anti-revenge porn pilot program is available in the U.S., U.K., and Canada.

Right now the measure is part of a pilot project in Australia, which Facebook has announced in collaboration a government agency on e-safety headed by Julia Inman Grant.

All one has got to do is to contact Australia's e-Safety Commissioner (since right now they are trying this in Australia) if they're anxious about the fact that their images might get leaked.

Facebook wants you to send in your nudes, so the company can battle revenge porn - and it's totally legit.

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So how does allowing Facebook to see you naked prevent the rest of the world from seeing it? Facebook claims it won't store images or videos and will only be tracking a digital footprint, known as a hash, to prevent the content from being uploaded again by someone else. Digital forensics expert Lesley Carhart told Motherboard that even though Facebook say they won't keep the original images, totally and irrevocably deleting things is much, much easier said than done, leaving a chance that the original pictures you upload could be recovered or accessed. The answer is-revenge porn.

According to The Guardian, in Australia, Facebook is planning to mark your nudes as "do not post".

eSafety Commissioner Inman Grant told the Australian Broadcasting Company that Facebook is not storing these images but are using artificial intelligence and other photo-matching technologies to prevent the image from being posted. "Unfortunately, the issue of revenge porn, or unwanted distribution of compromising photos isn't one that can be solved by technology alone".

Facebook's customer support team will then review a blurred version of the image to ensure it's explicit, then "hash" it before deletion.

Facebook said it looked forward "to getting feedback and learning" from the trial. If another user tries to upload the same image on Facebook or Instagram, Facebook will test it against its stored hashes, and stop those labeled as revenge porn from being distributed.