Facebook, in an effort to prevent leaked nude photos of people to hit the internet, is asking people to send them their nude pics. Wait what?
While it may seem weird to send naked photos of yourself to strangers in the Facebook corporate offices, according to The Guardian the company is testing a program in Australia it says will help prevent the pics from being shared on the internet.
In the Australian pilot, users must first complete an online form on the e-safety commissioner’s website outlining their concerns. They will then be asked to send the pictures they are concerned about to themselves on Messenger while the e-safety commissioner’s office notifies Facebook of their submission. Once Facebook gets that notification, a community operations analyst will access the image and hash it to prevent future instances from being uploaded or shared.
Facebook will store these images for a short period of time before deleting them to ensure it is enforcing the policy correctly, the company said.
And while this seems like something that could work, it does seem pretty counterintuitive to send a bunch of strangers your nude pics – and then there is the matter of hackers who always seem to find a way to steal anything they want on the internet. But hey, at least a few Facebook engineers are probably way happier to go to work since the program launched than they were a few weeks ago.
So would you send Facebook your nudes? Let’s discuss in the comments?