Facebook promises that your naked selfies will be safe with it; it has said that it will not store users' photos on any of its servers. "If someone fears they are at risk of revenge porn, they can contact e-Safety", they explained.
So, just in case a person's former lover decides to leak any of those pictures, one can take steps to prevent the images from being shared widely on Facebook or Instagram. "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", Julie Inman Grant of eSafety commission told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
In fact, Facebook's idea is to act before time since by posting the nude image the user can have the guarantee of him or her getting saved from being featured in any porn material that might depict them in future.
The company is testing a new feature that will enable users to upload their own illicit images so that they can be quickly flagged up.
However, the trial won't completely solve Australia's revenge porn woes, Clare McGlynn, an expert from Durham Law School, told BBC.
The proposed system would work by "hashing" abuse images that victims send to themselves using Facebook Messenger, using the same technology that social media companies use to identify terrorism-related or child abuse images. But, it still remains to be seen how confident users are in giving their intimate images and videos to Facebook, considering Facebook's bad reputation with regards to privacy and consumer trust.
The new method is being practiced in Australia, the USA, the United Kingdom and Canada as a preventative tool in combating sextortion. Wink tipped, so to speak, Facebook will create the hash for each image without storing the pic itself, and definitely not using it to start some sort of dinkle gallery channel on Sky. "Facebook is in a unique position to prevent harm, one of our five areas of focus as we help build a global community".
This seems to be a weird way to demote explicit content, but Facebook's AI might better protect people if it already knows how they look in natural clothes.