Saturday 18 November 2017

WATCH: This is how the public feels about sending their nudes to Facebook to combat revenge porn

Zoe Brennan-Whitmore and Sasha Brady

Members of the Irish public were divided today about whether they would trust Facebook with their nude photos.

The social media giant is testing out a new initiative that they hope will help them to crack down on revenge porn.

Users are encouraged to send intimate photos to Facebook, who will put a unique digital fingerprint on it before it is sent to the recipient.

This imprint will then flag up through messenger and automatically stop it being shared on Facebook, Facebook Messenger and Instagram.

However the Irish public weren't so sure about the idea when Independent.ie took to the streets of Dublin today.

One woman said she isn't a fan of the idea, calling it "a bit pervy."

Another man said he isn't sure he would put his trust in this system.

He said: "It is a bit much having to send a picture of yourself, I'd be worried that it could get into the wrong hands."

One woman said that she would be in favour of this if it stops intimate images being sent without the consent of the person in them.

She explained: "Revenge porn is becoming such a huge epidemic among young people, it's absolutely horrible and if there's any way to tackle it then we should take that seriously."

Antigone Davis, Facebook’s head of global safety, said the system is being trialled in the UK, US, Australia and Canada.

She said: "The safety and well-being of the Facebook community is our top priority.

"As part of our continued efforts to better detect and remove content that violates our community standards, we’re using image matching technology to prevent non-consensual intimate images from being shared on Facebook, Instagram, Facebook Groups and Messenger."

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