Facebook Has A New Solution For Revenge Porn…But You’re Probably Not Going To Like It

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Facebook can prevent your nudes from being posted online by other people, but there’s a big catch.

There are a lot of naked pictures of people out there. When we say “a lot” we’re talking millions, possibly billions. In the days before the Internet and camera phones, they existed, but were usually done by professional photographers working with aspiring models or porn stars. Now it’s commonplace for a young lady to keep a few well-filtered shots on her phone, ones where the lighting perfectly accentuates their tatas perkiness or the time their nether-regions were better manicured than the Front 9 at Newport National, just in case she needs to pique a suitor’s interest (which is generally a bad idea). “Send Nudes” is now an Internet trope. So with all these nude photos floating around, some make their way onto social networks like Facebook, often in a manner coined “revenge porn” where a jilted ex posts pics online as a means of getting back at their former girlfriend/lover/fling. The problem is large enough that Facebook is now taking steps to deal with the issue…but we’re guessing that for many, the cure may be just as bad as the disease.



Bleeping Computer reports that Facebook has an anti-revenge porn pilot program being tested in Australia. They are using a system that is similar to those currently in use to prevent the spread of child porn on Twitter, Instagram, Google and the like.

The Big Problem with this Revenge Porn Vaccine

The unfortunate aspect of this program is that in relies on people uploading their nude photos to Facebook, which is likely a tall order for those who want to keep them away from social media altogether. Basically, a user goes on Facebook Messenger, sends themselves their naked pics and then reports them as potential revenge porn. Facebook then saves digital characteristics of the photos (but not the actual images themselves) and will use them to identify and block uploads of that image.

So there you go. If this program becomes universal (it’s only being used in Australia and 3 other countries at the moment) the way to stop your nudes from being uploaded to Facebook is to upload them to Facebook.

The Smaller Problems

One obvious problem is that this essentially restricts the blocking of photos to those that a user has possession of. So if you’re passed out on a couch somewhere and some pervert takes a few upskirt shots, this does nothing to stop them from being uploaded.

A second is that for some people, this is going to require too much damn work. For those, however, we’re guessing that more online exposure isn’t something they’re really that worried about.

Finally, there’s the issue of privacy. Facebook has had a lot of issues on that end. There are a lot of people who won’t use Facebook Messenger because of their own privacy concerns with the app. Getting them to just toss their most private images into the vast data-consumption machine that is Facebook is pretty counter-intuitive.

Looking Forward

So if the pilot program gets green-lit for the rest of the world, some of you are going to have to think long and hard about how much you trust Mark Zuckerberg.

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Naked Correspondent


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