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Facebook is launching a new set of tools designed to help stop people from sharing revenge porn 20 Years In Prison For Revenge Porn; Here's What That Is And Why It's A Crime 20 Years In Prison For Revenge Porn; Here's What That Is And Why It's A Crime Revenge porn is very real, it destroys lives, and finally the law is starting to recognize it as a crime. Read More on the social network. Revenge porn, which is when people share intimate photos of a former partner, is a growing problem. So the more that can be done to eradicate it, the better.

Facebook is a little late to the party here. In 2015, both Google and Microsoft launched concerted efforts to tackle revenge porn. However, while those two companies promised to help victims of revenge porn, Facebook is going one step further by using photo-matching technology.

Building a Safer Community

In a Facebook blog post, the company’s Head of Global Safety, Antigone Davis, outlines how the company plans on fighting the spread of revenge porn. This is, Davis suggests, all part of an “ongoing effort to help build a safe community on and off Facebook”.

The first stage is a Report button. If you see a photo on Facebook you suspect has been shared without consent you need to report it. Facebook will then review the image and decide if it violates the social network’s community standards.

If it’s found to be in breach, the image will be removed, and (in most cases) the person responsible will have their account disabled. The person whose photo has been shared as revenge porn will be offered support and further resources.

The clever part, and the reason this is news, is the photo-matching technology Facebook is touting. This photo-matching technology is designed to prevent anyone from sharing that same photo again, whether on Facebook, Messenger, or Instagram.

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This seems like a solid set of tools standing Facebook in good stead to tackle revenge porn What Is Revenge Porn, And Are You At Risk From It? What Is Revenge Porn, And Are You At Risk From It? Read More . There’s a risk of people altering an image enough to beat the photo-matching technology, but adding any extra protection is likely to dissuade most people from even bothering.

Have you ever been the victim of revenge porn? Have you ever uploaded a revealing photo of an ex? Do you think Facebook’s new efforts will help tackle revenge porn? Or should it do more to deter people from sharing intimate photos? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Ty Smith
    April 7, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    How about this...

    DON'T TAKE NUDE VIDEOS OR PHOTOS IF YOU DON'T WANT THEM SHARED WITH THE WORLD!