Meta wants your nude photos so they won’t spread on Facebook and Instagram. Yes, really

Dec 3, 2021

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Meta wants your nude photos so they won’t spread on Facebook and Instagram. Yes, really

Dec 3, 2021

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Preventing revenge porn by sending your nude photos to someone else is probably not the way most of us would handle the issue, right? Well, Meta has come up with a “brilliant” idea to prevent your nude content from spreading across Facebook and Instagram. The company has launched a tool that lets you submit your explicit photos to a hashing database so that they can be recognized and removed from the platforms in the future. Needless to say, this has raised some concerns in the community.

The Revenge Porn Helpline (RPH), Meta, and more than 50 non-governmental organization partners have launched StopNCII.org (standing for “Stop Non-Consensual Intimate Images”). If you suspect someone might share your intimate photos, or they threaten to do it, you can submit your case through the website. This will require you to submit photos or videos that show you nude or semi-nude, engaged in a sexual act, and so on. Naturally, the public hasn’t accepted this very well, considering that Meta is involved. We all know that it’s not exactly a synonym for privacy protection.

Still, the company claims that you have nothing to worry about. Once you submit your case, you’ll be asked to select the circumstances under which the content was filmed or photographed. Then you’ll get to upload it – but it will never leave your computer. It will only be used to generate a “digital fingerprint” that assigns a unique hash value to your image or video. Then, all the tech companies involved in StopNCII.org will receive the hash and they can use it to detect if someone has shared or is trying to share your private content on their platforms.

“Only hashes, not the images themselves, are shared with StopNCII.org and participating tech platforms,” Meta writes in a blog post. “This feature prevents further circulation of that NCII content and keeps those images securely in the possession of the owner.”

If this sounds somewhat familiar, that’s because it is. Facebook introduced something similar back in 2017, causing quite a stir. Back then, you were supposed to contact the e-Safety Commissioner. Then, you’d need to send the photos to yourself via Messenger. From there on, similar technology would be used: Facebook would “hash” your photos to create a digital fingerprint or link. Facebook claimed even then that it didn’t store your images, only their digital fingerprint.

It appears that StopNCII.org uses the same technology, only your images and videos don’t go through Messenger. It’s generally a good idea and revenge porn is definitely something we need to combat. Still, anything that has Meta’s fingers in it doesn’t really earn my trust, so I’m still a bit skeptical about this. I guess only time will tell if it’s a good idea or not.

[via Daily Mail]

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8 responses to “Meta wants your nude photos so they won’t spread on Facebook and Instagram. Yes, really”

  1. Lisa Avatar
    Lisa

    You would have to be a complete MORON to submit these types of photos to Facebook/Meta/WhateverTodaysNameIs. Their “privacy” is about as private posting these photos on a telephone pole in Times Square.

    1. Morten Avatar
      Morten

      As the article state, you send a HASH value of the photo (a string code) and not the actual photo.

  2. apesterin Avatar
    apesterin

    If they want to do it properly, the solution is simple, create an open source tool that users can use locally on their computer to generate the hash, and they can then upload only the hash. What the tool does is then in public view, and the actual data actually never leaves your computer. Trying to do both steps together with some opaque piece of code is always going to raise doubts

  3. Vision Rouge Avatar
    Vision Rouge

    A nude can be easily spotted by any AI
    A face on any picture can be recognized.

    So, why not just this together when a new face pops up in a nude and warn the possible participant before publishing it.

    without you doing any thing on your side.

  4. Arthur P. Dent Avatar
    Arthur P. Dent

    I trust Mark Zuckerberg about as far as I can throw truck engines overhand.

  5. Arthur_P_Dent Avatar
    Arthur_P_Dent

    I trust Mark Zuckerberg about as far as I can throw truck engines overhand.

  6. John Beatty Avatar
    John Beatty

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA…….and Ha!!
    Also get free advice about your vehicles extended warrantee.

  7. timothyf7 Avatar
    timothyf7

    Yeah… Right! I am going to send my private photos to an Anti-Constituion, Election meddeling, Socialist sympathizer, that had to change the name of his Coumpany due to all of the negative publicity and troubles in Congress, he is having for the afore mentioned actions!