Want your nude photos off social media? Send those photos to Facebook

Nov 9, 2017

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Want your nude photos off social media? Send those photos to Facebook

Nov 9, 2017

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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Keeping photos off social networks by sending them to a social network? Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? Well, as crazy as it may sound, this is an attempt from Facebook and an Australian government agency to prevent sharing sensitive images without the subject’s permission. The goal is to take action before the nude images are posted online instead of taking them down after they’re already published. All you need to do is send nudes via Facebook… to yourself.

The project is aimed mainly at preventing “revenge porn” or sharing your nudes if someone hacks your phone. As e-Safety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant told ABC, there are “many scenarios where maybe photos or videos were taken consensually at one point, but there was not any sort of consent to send the images or videos more broadly.” So, to protect yourself from hackers or a bitter ex, Facebook is offering a solution.

If you’re concerned about the privacy of your intimate photos, you should get in contact with the e-Safety Commissioner. After this, you’ll need to send the photos in questions to yourself via Messenger. Facebook will then use technology to “hash” your photos. This means they’ll create a digital fingerprint or link, so if someone tries uploading the same photo, it will be impossible. It’s important to note that Facebook doesn’t store the photos, but only their digital fingerprint. Still, it does make you feel a bit paranoid, doesn’t it?

According to Antigone Davis, Facebook’s head of global safety, Australia was one of four countries taking part in this project. It’s not mentioned, though, what the other countries are. Davis says this is the “’industry-first’ pilot using ‘cutting-edge technology’ to prevent the re-sharing of images on its platforms.” If you want to keep your nudes off social networks, this approach has you covered on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram. In other words – you should be safe on the networks owned by Facebook. But, your photos can still end up online on other social networks or forums.

I think it’s nice of Facebook to make an effort to protect their users from an extremely unpleasant situation like this. Still, it makes me uneasy to think that the alternatives are to either send photos through Facebook or don’t do it and wait to see if they’ll end up online. So I’d suggest the third alternative – don’t keep nudes on your phone, and don’t let your boyfriend/girlfriend own your nudes, ever.

[via ABC, The Guardian]

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Dunja Djudjic

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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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7 responses to “Want your nude photos off social media? Send those photos to Facebook”

  1. Quasi Annonymous Avatar
    Quasi Annonymous

    Holy crap just when you think Facebook couldn’t possibly sink any lower in their never ending quest to learn everything about everyone so they can sell it.

  2. Anthony Kerstens Avatar
    Anthony Kerstens

    So if the photos is edited in anyway, like adding text or even just cropping, will that affect the hash and hence bypass the detection?

    1. lewisfrancis Avatar
      lewisfrancis

      I’m guessing they are using the same kinds of tech that TinEye and Pixsy use to identify image matches.

    2. Wayne Hill Avatar
      Wayne Hill

      Two words: “Snipping Tool.”

  3. Richard Doktor Avatar
    Richard Doktor

    This is so idiotic on so many levels …
    Yeah, of course, everyone with a sane mind will upload his nude pics to an worldwide company … sure.

    And how will they “protect” from images not in the possession of the victim, which will obviously be the bigger part of such images … ?

    What kind of crack smoking idiots come up with such mindless ideas?

    1. Wayne Hill Avatar
      Wayne Hill

      What kind of crack smoking idiots come up with such mindless ideas? The answer would be LIBERALS.

  4. Jackie Avatar
    Jackie

    Oh what if your lover take a picture of you naked when you are sleeping and upload it first on facebook??? Lol then he can still take revenge after breaking up because FB think that’s your lover’s nude picture. FB got a lot of excuses to collect your data by giving you stupid fake reason. Some new social media needs to replace it. Maybe just ban all nude pictures from posting on Facebook. That solves the problem once and for all. Facebook is already doing it, correct? I got a message telling me I can’t upload my topless picture on a group. Because it’s agaisnt the rules. FB is getting more and more stupid. the AI can’t even know what is nude and what is topless. LMAO. I also accidentally posted a picture with naked butt at fb. I immediately delete it.. FB AI send a notification to me three days later said that my picture in the trash is forbidden that’s why I get punishment for 3 days I can’t post for 3 days…. I am not sure how far this stupid AI will go. There are definitely 0 human worker now.