back to article Facebook's send-us-your-nudes service is coming to UK, America

Facebook has begun conducting a pilot where it solicits intimate photographs of women – and it will soon offer the service in the United Kingdom as well as the US. 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 …

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  1. herman Silver badge

    Pics, or it is fake news.

  2. adam payne Silver badge

    But you'd need to trust Facebook a great deal to think that's part of a solution

    I go with not taking nudes of myself and forwarding them to people.

  3. Milton Silver badge

    Limited use case?

    So if you happen to have access to photo(s) of you, which you believe are also in the possession of an ex/other (why would *you* have copies?), and if there are few enough of them to make this upload practical, and if Facebook doesn't set too low a limit on the uploaded quantity for any one customer, and if you trust Facebook to permanently delete the copies you send, and if you're willing to have total strangers in the form of FB employees vetting what you send (because it simply *cannot* be a fully automated process, for reasons that surely don't need to be belaboured), and if legalistics don't require FB to be able to retrieve all images anyway (think: kiddie porn), and if you trust the security and integrity of ANY internet company (cue hysterical laughter), then it's likely that if your ex does try to mischievously upload embarrassing photos to FB—they won't be able to.

    Except of course, such photos probably violate FB's ToS anyway, so the miscreants will have uploaded them somewhere else where that entire fraught, unreliable and not to be trusted process wouldn't help in the slightest. Because, lest we forget, Facebook is not the internet. It's just the shallow end.¹

    ¹ Though not, admittedly, as shallow as Twitter, the definitive paddling pool for 'tards.

    1. d3vy Silver badge

      Re: Limited use case?

      "why would *you* have copies"

      This may come as a surprise you you but people take pictures of themselves and send them to their partners...

  4. RareToy

    What about MIT's pixel adding routine that misleads and tricks AI into misidentifying a photo?

  5. Randy Hudson

    I want to be protected. I'm going to go take some nude pics and upload them to FB asap.

  6. 10forcash Bronze badge

    Or just create an algorithm that finds and deletes all nude photo's on facebuck? Maybe it might offend someone on somebody else's behalf, isn't the internets loaded with enough skinflicks to satisfy without it having to be 'on social' as well?

  7. Anonymous C0ward
    Devil

    Having just read the article about SSL-stripping proxy boxes

    This is very interesting.

  8. David Roberts Silver badge
    Coat

    I assume all this technology

    Works on partial photographs as well.

    Including the ones where you Photoshopped in the excited donkey with the straw hat and earrings?

    Or does that rely on the existing technology for tagging pictures already uploaded?

    Cue a game of Photoshop whack-a-mole.

    Going out for some popcorn. ->

  9. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
    Facepalm

    20 percent time project

    Subsequent investigation found that the electronic eavesdropping was part of an engineer’s 20-percent-time project; the engineer had urged the company’s legal team to weigh in before deploying the code to the Street View fleet, but the request slipped through the cracks.

    https://www.wired.com/2014/04/threatlevel_0401_streetview/

    Crack...

    https://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/08/08/google_must_destroy_data/

    Does FB have something like a Google 20-percent time project for their engineers?

    I can see the headline -

    Oops a daisy says Zuckerberg - one of our engineers has been a naughty boy

  10. Frank Gerlach #2

    You Anglos Are BETTER THAN COMEDY !

    Really, WTF ? People should send their naked pictures to the CIA-sponsored Facebook thing ?

    What could possibly go wrong with that ?

    The next thing is that we send our DNA to Twitter, I guess.

  11. Snowy
    Facepalm

    Take a picure

    Then write some text over (maybe in red), will this nice software still find a match?

  12. JLV Silver badge
    Paris Hilton

    I don't get it

    Isn't FB really prudish already, to the point that they've banned breastfeeding pix and the like?

    If so, what would these to-be-blocked nudie pix be doing on their site? Wouldn't they just get taken down right away? What are they then achieving by this rather disturbing initiative?

    1. Teiwaz Silver badge

      Re: I don't get it

      Isn't FB really prudish already, to the point that they've banned breastfeeding pix and the like?

      Of course. It's an American site. I'm not saying Americans don't have healthy depictions of nudity, but that the exploititive depictions swamped those almost as soon as the liberalisation* of the sixties came in.

      * apologies to all US citizens offended by the use of 'liberal', but other parts of the planet have other ideas what it means.

  13. bexley

    ah, this sounds like a good idea,

    I mean what could possibly go wrong when you put all your compromising photos onto facebook servers and most likely have to hand over the rights to those images in the process.

    Facebook have been such angels with respecting peoples privacy in the past.

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "Facebook Requests Blackmail Material"

    You can trust Facebook.

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Didn't this just used to be called the Readers Wives section?

    I don't know about you but I'd really be wanting to pay very close attention to the small print in the terms and conditions before launching pictures of my ass into cyber space?

    Surely it will just become an enormously exciting challenge for spotty 14 year old school boys to hack into the F*c*book naughty pictures server.

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    WTF???

    "Humans rather than algorithms will view the naked images voluntarily sent to Facebook in a scheme being trialled in Australia to combat revenge porn."

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/41928848

  17. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
    Coat

    ###holes

    If enough FB users send pictures of their aforementioned orifice to FB, then, FB can claim to have the definitive repository of xxxholes in the world

  18. MachDiamond Silver badge

    What does FB sell?

    Facebook sells information about it's users that they have been more than happy to submit in various forms. FB and other companies collate that information with information they acquire from other sources. What would keep them from matching up nude photos with individuals using facial recognition/body recognition? You don't even have to have an account if some horrible person you thought of as a friend posted a picture of you and tagged it with your name. FB has a nasty habit of turning private things public without notice and even sometimes by accident. They might even "accidentally" make the nude photos available to their customers (not users, people that give them money for user information) due to a misconfigured flag or something. After noticing that bandwidth is off the hook, they might plug the leak, but the valley below will already be flooded.

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