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That sending nude pictures of yourself to Facebook isn't a great idea ?

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LurkingHusband Wed 08-Nov-17 14:31:52

Yes, really:

Facebook has begun conducting a pilot where it solicits intimate photographs of women – and it will soon offer the service in the United Kingdom. Anxious exes who fear their former partner is set on revenge porn will be urged to upload photographs of themselves nude.

A hash of the nude image is created and passed along to Facebook's AI image-matching systems. Subsequent unauthorised attempts to post on one of Facebook's services (including Instagram), the image are then blocked.


Or am I just a bit of a fuddy-duddy (as my late DM would say) ?

Catlovingmama Wed 08-Nov-17 14:36:06

I thought exactly the same when I saw it.

CharlieCoCo Wed 08-Nov-17 14:40:10

I'm tired and ill so not fully functioning but I don't understand this at all. Facebook wants you to post nude pics of yourself instead of an ex?

Judashascomeintosomemoney Wed 08-Nov-17 14:42:00

How could this possibly go wrong? hmm

HerOtherHalf Wed 08-Nov-17 14:42:04

Quite bizarre. If FB want to do something to prevent their service being used for revenge porn why don't they just remove all indecent images and make it clear in their TOS that they're not permitted. Besides, it's only a matter of time before someone forces them to include men on the grounds of equality. They would end up with a couple of hundred women submitting photos and a tsunami of dick pics.

FeelingAggrieved Wed 08-Nov-17 14:42:17

You will upload your photo (privately) and Facebook will store a copy of it and block it if someone then tries to use the photo in an act of revenge porn.

MoonfaceAndSilky Wed 08-Nov-17 14:44:42

Wha??? confused

phoenixAgainAgainAgain Wed 08-Nov-17 14:50:27

A smart and interesting use of algorithms.

BWatchWatcher Wed 08-Nov-17 14:52:47

Until someone hacks their database.

BWatchWatcher Wed 08-Nov-17 14:54:10

Surely they could do it with head shots as opposed to butt shots etc. Wouldn't it be more important to get rid of nud/porn shots with a person's recognizabile head as opposed to their butt?

phoenixAgainAgainAgain Wed 08-Nov-17 14:57:34


I suspect they survive thousands of hack-attempts every day.

I think you misunderstand the article as well as the meaning of "the photo".

Image-matching is possible and feasible on a large scale. Facial recognition much less so. This isn't about matching a face but a specific image.

silkpyjamasallday Wed 08-Nov-17 15:01:25

I cannot actually believe what I've just read. Who the fuck is going to be stupid enough to do this? If you don't want nude photos released online don't take any. Don't send them to Facebook directly and consensually so they can do whatever profiteering off images of your nudity that they like. confused

This AI stuff is sold as being a great technological progression, but it's just mad, presumably the technology was developed for something more worthy than our societies seeming obsession with sexting and the resulting fallout?

Sarahjconnor Wed 08-Nov-17 15:02:22

This genuinely gave me chills when I read it - can't be a good idea - not at all!

pisacake Wed 08-Nov-17 15:05:21

They don't store the images at any point. It's just a mathematical hash.

MissMedusa Wed 08-Nov-17 15:06:05

Interesting idea. It's being marketed wrong though, it should really be a place to upload photos you don't want being posted by anyone. They don't have to be intimate photos just anything you don't want posted and the algorithm searches for posts of the picture and alerts you or immediately deletes (present or future)

silkpyjamasallday Wed 08-Nov-17 15:08:43

@MissMedusa yes that would be a much better way of marketing it. Would be good for parents to be able to block any photos of their DC being posted for instance. But why the focus on nudes, and nudes of women in particular? That makes it really creepy.

Dragongirl10 Wed 08-Nov-17 15:09:06

Whilst this is a ludicrous idea....why people want to take or upload nude pics of themselves ANYWHERE is a mystery to me.......

I would NEVER let anyone take compromising photos of me, but then l am a dinosaur.....

FireCracker2 Wed 08-Nov-17 15:09:30

Better idea is just not to let anyone take these photos in the first place!

PericardiumOne Wed 08-Nov-17 15:09:53

Ok, just for clarity, this is not "take a nudie and send it to us and our algorithm will detect if any other nudies look like you".

What happens is, you have already taken a nudie and sent it to your boyfriend, who then happens to be a dickhead and threatens you to publish it in a "hotties of ThisTown" page on FB. You can then pre-empt this by uploading that nudie. It does not get stored, it only gets used to calculate a hash, which is kind of like a digital fingerprint (not fully foolproof but foolproof enough) that then, FB can attempt to match against images your dick ex boyfriend uploads, and block the upload from happening.

So it is a bit more reasonable than the soundbite makes it look like, but still there is something quite unsettling about uploading your own nudie anywhere!

MollyHuaCha Wed 08-Nov-17 15:10:59

It’s a joke/scam.

PericardiumOne Wed 08-Nov-17 15:12:49

Looks credible to me:

BreakfastAtSquiffanys Wed 08-Nov-17 15:17:51

I read this and assumed that it was a spoof.

So you send FB 6 nudies but your ex decides to post a 7th different one....?

LurkingHusband Wed 08-Nov-17 15:18:55

Anyone whose knows anything about image matching will be ... dubious (that's charitable) about this ... you only need to look at Google attempts at image matching to see what could go wrong.

A determined person would simply run any pics though a couple of filters, and hey Presto ! a new image that doesn't match (despite what Facebook claim).

It's such a shit idea, I find myself wondering if Facebook have been hacked, a la Trump ????

bettytaghetti Wed 08-Nov-17 15:21:23

@MollyHuaCha, I was going to say the same; surely it's 5 months early/7 months too late?

RosaTheOwl Wed 08-Nov-17 15:26:35

that's either

a) a hack

b) a recruitment drive

c) a phenomenal piece of stupid.

can't work out which of the 3 is the worst option!

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