Facebook decides to tackle revenge porn

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What is revenge porn?

Revenge porn is any sexually explicit videos or images of a person posted on the internet without their consent. It might be done by a former sexual partner or not. Its end goal is to embarrass or shame the victim. It’s purposefully done to inflict distress on the victim.

 

Epidemic of revenge porn

Statistically, revenge porn is not that much of an epidemic. But children as young as 12 years old fall as the victims of revenge porn. As soon as something in uploaded on the internet, it never goes away. It gets reuploaded, reshared and what not.

Revenge porn can really damage the victim, their family members and it can have other ramifications. Public ridicule and termination from the job. It can reap havoc on victim’s life.

How has facebook decided to tackle it?

Facebook new photo matching technology ensures that once reported and tagged as revenge porn, it can’t be reuploaded. So, if the photo was taken down and somebody tried to re-upload it, it would warn them that it violates facebook’s policies and it would prevent people from sharing it.

So, basically facebook is not searching for revenge porn and that is almost impossible to keep track of. What it is doing is once a photo is flagged. It’s stopping it from spreading throughout facebook products. And it urges other companies to take a similar stance.

Which platforms is this feature being rolled out on?

Well, it’s being rolled out on messenger, Instagram,  and facebook. But it hasn’t been implemented on WhatsApp. revenge porn facebook

This is similar to facebook’s child pornography policy and how facebook tackles with the issue. Facebook claims that this is the first initial step and they are keen on building the technology that will prevent it from happening the first time around.

 

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