Facebook would like you to send it your nude photos – who could resist?
No, the social media network isn’t planning a fruity Christmas special, the request is actually part of an attempt to tackle revenge porn, apparently.
The scheme, which is being piloted in Australia, will see your naked snaps ‘hashed’ with a special digital footprint, meaning if a bitter ex-lover tries to upload the pictures, they’ll be blocked.
Revenge porn is practiced by bitter and inadequate people who seek vengeance against ex-partners by attempting to humiliate them globally with intimate shots, taken in better times. It is thought the practice was learned from the tabloid press.
Anyway, Facebook is running the scheme in league with an Australian government agency, whose e-safety commissioner, Julia Inman Grant, said: ‘We see 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.’
But would you send your most revealing photos to Facebook? I mean, apart from ongoing tax issues, the fishy contradictions around Russian ad-interference in 2016’s US election, keeping deleted users data for longer than is legal, misinforming regulators about the nature of its takeover of WhatsApp, and being fined for not being honest with users about what it was doing with their data, you can trust the network, right?
Those concerned about what might happen to those pics taken on that drunken Valentine’s Day in 2010 must fill out a form on the e-safety commissioner’s website, before sending in the troublesome shots. Then Facebook promises to ‘hash’ the images to stop them being misused – every possible step will be taken to ensure they are not accidentally dragged and dropped into the ‘Future Marketing Strategies’ folder.