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The social network is rolling out the measure to crack down on revenge porn, the non-consensual sharing of explicit images. The catch is you need to share those photos with the company first.
Praised by some as a long overdue step to protect potential victims from this digital form of gender-based violence, the initiative comes as trust in the social network is particularly low, following a media firestorm about its covert behaviour and government hearings in the U.S. and Europe about the company's handling of its users' personal data.
Steph Guthrie, a gender justice consultant who has spoken about revenge porn before the House of Commons justice committee, warns, "You can have every technical security measure under the sun in place to protect the data, but all it would take for a breach of users' intimate images would be one rogue misogynist employee."
But if uploading your intimate photos to a giant corporation makes you nervous, the fact that the process involves having those images screened by an employee of the company might also make you squeamish. Dealing with people's nude photos and potential cases of revenge porn is an extremely sensitive issue, and Facebook can't rely on a purely automated system to handle it. As countless mishaps have shown, algorithms just aren't fail-safe. But then again, neither are humans.
originally posted by: DrumsRfun
all it would take for a breach of users' intimate images would be one rogue misogynist employee
originally posted by: watchitburn
a reply to: DrumsRfun
Why do you care if people are sending naked pictures to their boyfriends or girlfriends?
I agree that storing them on phones and cloud services is a bad idea.
But people shouldn't be dirtbags when they break up or have an argument and share them without permission.
Though I am confused about how sending them to Facebook preemptively accomplishes anything.
originally posted by: wylekat
Hows about FB wants said photos to begin a blackmailing database of some sort? "Adhere to our TOS, or something... upsetting may happen"