Facebook Fights Revenge Porn With Dumb Idea

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Facebook Fights Revenge Porn With Dumb Idea

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Facebook is testing new technology that is designed to help victims of revenge porn acts.

This new tool is currently being tested in Australia, and the company says it plans to expand it to other countries if everything goes well.
It works on a database of file hashes, a cryptographic signature computed for each file.

Facebook says that once an abuser tries to upload an image marked as "revenge porn" in its database, its system will block the upload process. This will work for images shared on the main Facebook service, but also for images shared privately via Messenger, Facebook's IM app.

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If we understand this correctly, if this works as planned, the world's most desirable people, looking to protect their nude bodies, will be uploading their photos to a single location, making it without a doubt, one of the biggest targets ever in the history of hacking.

Sure, Facebook says it's not storing a copy of the photo, but only computing the file's hash and adding it to its database of revenge porn imagery. But somehow, the temptation for hackers to try to hack these photos in transit and for Facebook workers to try to keep copies of these images has to be overwhelming.

It may be a noble idea but it is without a doubt a major concern requiring people wanting to keep their naked selves private to snap a nude selfie and send it over the internet.

What do you think?



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