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Stop the Revenge Porn on Facebook: new tools for detecting intimate images

Revenge Porn Facebook intimate images

Crackdown against the Revenge Porn: Facebook announces an update on the detection of intimate images shared without authorization and on the support to the victims

The Revenge Porn one of those despicable practices that digital and social media brought with them, even more hateful on Facebook, the family of the family, where they got in touch with starters and close friends, Facebook wanted to make a change and automatically block this petty acts .

Revenge Porn, how it works

When a person's intimate images are shared without his permission, it can be devastating. To protect the victims, Facebook's policy has long been to remove non-consensual intimate images (also known as revenge porn) when they were reported. Moreover, in recent years Facebook has also adopted photo-matching technology to prevent them from being shared again. To find this content faster and better support the victims, today the social network announces a new detection technology and an online resource center to help people respond when they suffer this kind of abuse.

Revenge Porn Facebook intimate images

Detection of intimate images: the new tools

Finding these images goes beyond the detection of nudity on the platforms. Thanks to automatic learning and artificial intelligence we read in the release released by the company we are now able to proactively detect images or videos that are shared without authorization on Facebook and Instagram. This means that we can find this content before someone signals it.

This is important for two reasons: first of all because victims are often afraid of retaliation, so they are reluctant to report the content itself; in other cases, however, they are not aware that the content has been shared. Once identified by the technology, the contents will be reviewed by specially trained people from the Community Operations team.

Detection of intimate images: the consequences

If an image or video violates the Facebook Community Standards, it will be removed and in most cases, accounts will also be disabled who will share intimate content without permission. The company offers for the possibility to appeal.

The support program for victims of revenge porn

This new detection technology is added to the pilot program that Facebook manages in collaboration with organizations supporting victims. This program offers people an emergency option to proactively and safely send a photo to Facebook that they fear may be spread. To prevent the photo from being shared on the platform, a fingerprint of that image is created. Given the positive response from victims and support organizations, the project will be expanded in the coming months so that more people can benefit from this option in case of emergency.

At the same time, the company is launching "Not without my consent", a support center, in which victims will find organizations and resources that can offer them support, including the tools to be used to remove content from the platform and prevent further sharing; from here they will also be able to access the pilot program. The procedure for reporting by victims of intimate images shared on Facebook without consent will also be made easier and more intuitive.

Finally, in the coming months, a will be developed support tool kit to the victims to provide more information with local and culturally relevant support.