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Facebook Wants Your Nude Photos, But It's To Make The Internet Safer

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Facebook is asking for nude photos, but the reason isn't for what you think.

The social media site is using a new strategy to combat revenge porn, by asking its users to report the explicit images before a wrongdoer has a chance to distribute the pictures without consent.

To use the test program, individuals will be required to fill out an online form with Australia's e-Safety office, detailing their predicament. Users will then need to upload nude pictures on Facebook Messenger - by starting a conversation with themselves - followed by flagging it "non-consensual intimate image."

It will then digitally "hash" the pictures, giving them a unique digital fingerprint. These will be used to identify and block any uploads of same image, but they will not be stored.

The pilot program will be tested in Australia, in partnership with a small government agency led by e-safety commissioner, Julie Inman Grant, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reports.

Inman Grant says victims of "image-based abuse" will be able to take the power back into their own hands by using this new technology.

"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," she said.

Due to a rise in revenge porn, it's become the norm for users to be concerned over what they share online or send to a second party.

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