FaceBook is going to take a strict action against Revenge Porn

Living in the twenty-first century has its pros as well as cons. Everything has become virtual nowadays. Whether it is about friendships or relationships, social media and internet are playing a vital role in shaping these areas of our lives. While the internet has a positive effect overall, it can turn into a nightmare in some situations. One such situation arises when we become a victim of something as serious as revenge porn. Facebook, the leader of all social media platforms, has come out with a strategy to curb this heinous act of posting someone’s intimate pictures without their consent/knowledge.

Facebook is testing a feature in which a person needs to send his/her own intimate pictures to oneself through the Facebook Messenger. Doing this might sound awkward (and it is) but according to the company, this action would provide them with a digital footprint of your image. It will then be marked as nonconsensual explicit media. 

According to Facebook, you can save yourself from any tragedy beforehand by sending your own intimate pictures to yourself. It is currently partnering with the Australian Government to curb practices like revenge porn and image abuse. 

“It would be like sending yourself your image in an email, but obviously this is a much safer, secure end-to-end way of sending the image without sending it through the ether,” e-Safety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant said. 

Facebook will create a digital fingerprint of your image or as we call it in technical language, your image will be hashed and then no other person can upload it anywhere (Facebook, Instagram etc).

“They’re not storing the image, they’re storing the link and using artificial intelligence and other photo-matching technologies. So if somebody tried to upload that same image, which would have the same digital footprint or hash value, it will be prevented from being uploaded,” explained Julie Grant.

According to Antigone Davis, Austrailia is one of the first countries to take part in something like this which includes cutting-edge technology to avoid resharing images on its platforms. He also went to say that their first priority is the well-being of the Facebook community.

Facebook against image abuse

But is it the whole truth or the only way to do it? What I mean is that there are other better ways of curbing image abuse on social media platforms, without sharing your pictures! If a person doesn’t want a specific photo on the internet, he/she would be really dicey about sending the image on Messenger, even to his own self!

After the release of the iPhone 6, many celebrities faced embarrassing times since their private pictures got leaked. Apple’s server is called the most secure servers in the world and if they can be hacked, the same can happen to Facebook if this feature is rolled out. 

In spite of making people insecure, Facebook should come up with a more friendly way to stop image abuses. For instance, all of us know that Facebook’s Facial Recognition is really commendable. It can roll out a feature in which each picture with your face in it needs to be first “approved” by you. By doing this, intimate pictures would never gain approval and hence will not be published! The best part is that they will not have any “digital footprint” at all which means that they will be non-existent on the internet.

What do you think about my suggestion? Do you have any better ideas to safe-keep one’s intimate pictures? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

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