Facebook rolls out tools to stop revenge porn on Messenger and Instagram

Any offending image will be blocked across Facebook Facebook Messenger and Instagram

Its new tool will help people protect their privacy at a time when many spiteful degenerates are wreaking havoc on others' lives.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wrote in his page that the social media platform is working to build "a community that keeps people safe".

Citing a study by the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, Facebook's head of global safety policy Antigone Davis said of the US victims of non-consensual intimate images, 93% report "significant" emotional stress and 82% cited "significant impairment" in their social interactions, jobs and other areas of their lives.

But starting on Wednesday, Facebook users will be able to report images that were shared without their permission, flagging them as "a nude image of me".

Once the photo is reported, Facebook's photo-matching technology tool is then used to flag the image if it's posted again. (Historically, this is where the biggest problem with revenge porn lies: that once posted, an image can be continually shared ad infinitum.) To battle that issue, Facebook will use artificial intelligence-based photo-matching techniques to prevent the image from resurfacing on Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram.

Intimate photos are meant to stay private, unless someone has given explicit permission to share it. Facebook said it has worked with over 150 safety organisations in the past year to determine how it can improve its service to protect users. We offer an appeals process if someone believes an image was taken down in error.

"Revenge porn is any intimate photo shared without permission".

While a victim may have been aware of their image being shared, they could not report it unless they were a member of said group.

Facebook has already carefully defined parameters about nudity on the site, removing photos "of people displaying genitals or focusing in on fully exposed buttocks", according to its community standards. Facebook made a guide to lead victims through that process, which you can find here.

The company will also extend its fight into the real world by partnering up with safety organizations that will offer support to victims of revenge porn.

Facebook has pledged to stop revenge porn being published on its network, including Facebook itself, Instagram and Messenger. Davis said that the company will continue to evolve its tools in the future.

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