The whole reason behind this strange request is to help combat revenge porn so as to give, the victims of revenge porn, control back.
So if you’ve ever sent a racy photo to someone and are scared that you may be exposed then this might be the solution for you.
How they will do it
Through Messenger, Facebook is going to “convert the image into a unique digital fingerprint that can be used to identify and block any attempts to re-upload that same image.
You’ll be able to stop an image from being posted to Facebook, Instagram or Messenger.
The new development is going to be a partnership between Facebook and an Australian government agency known as e-safety.
“We see many scenarios where maybe photos or videos were taken consensually at one point, but there was not any sort of consent to send the images or videos more broadly,” e-safety commissioner Julia Inman Grant told ABC network.
What you’ll need to do
Facebook users will be required to complete an online form on the e-safety commissioner’s website to state what their concerns are.
Users will then be required to send the pictures that they are concerned about on Messenger. The commissioner’s office will confirm the submission.
The community operations analyst will gain access to the image and hash it to block it from being shared or uploaded.
The photos will however not be deleted immediately after being ‘hashed’. Facebook will store them for short period of time to make sure that the policy is being enforced correctly.
‘Hashed’ technology was initially developed in 2009 by Microsoft, Dartmouth and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to help stop the circulation of photos of sexually abused children online.
The technology, however, was not as foolproof as the files could be altered in terms of size or by adding a small mark thus still allow circulation online.