Facebook wants you to upload your nude photos
Now that most people have their own smartphone and the internet is so widely used, people were always going to use it for one thing: sending nudes. Whether you're keeping a long distance relationship strong or just find the practice exciting with your partner of choice, people are taking explicit photos and sending them to each other all of the time.
While this can be a healthy part of a relationship, it definitely does have some downsides. There is some risk involved in sending them over the internet or by text, as you don't know who can intercept the message (or simply look over your SO's shoulder). It should usually be safe, but for celebrities it can be a risky endeavour.
Remember "celebgate" back in 2014? Over 500 explicit photos of female celebrities were leaked from Apple's iCloud, allowing millions of strangers to invade the victims' privacy. But on a much smaller scale, this, unfortunately, can happen to those not in the public eye as well.
Known as "revenge porn", some complete scumbags out there decide to get their vengeance on others by posting explicit photos they have received in the past on social media. But Facebook reportedly has a solution: you send them the photos first.
While it may sound mad, there is method to this request. The company is testing a feature that allows users to upload their nudes onto the website in advance, so the site knows how to block others from posting these photos. They claim they will not store, or even view the images, but the customer support team will review blurred versions of the image to determine whether or not it is explicit.
At this point, they create a "digital footprint" known as a "hash", which will be used to tag any other versions of the image from being shared on the site, while the original photo is deleted. The new feature is currently being trialed in Australia, but if it's successful we could see it become available in the US, Canada, and the UK.
Alexandra Whiston-Dew, a private client lawyer at British law firm Mishcon de Reya, shared a statement with Newsweek on the issue:
"Publication on Facebook is often the most devastating platform for the victims—they have their friends, family, work colleagues all gathered in one place for maximum humiliation by publication.
"We would expect that Facebook has absolutely watertight systems to guard the privacy of victims. It is quite counter-intuitive to send such intimate images to an unknown recipient and Facebook will need to be able to reassure people that they have the right measures in place to protect them."
Facebook has encountered around 54,000 cases of revenge porn on the site already - and that's just the ones they know about. Hopefully, the site's two billion users will be safer from this fate using the feature, as long as they have the bravery and forethought to send it off in the first place.