Yes, you read that right! Facebook wants users to upload nude pictures of themselves to Messenger!
Facebook announced a pilot program in Australia where users can pro-actively upload their ‘intimate pictures’ to prevent them from being shared.
Facebook recently developed an ‘anti-revenge porn system’ which will use artificial intelligence to recognise and block specific images from being shared on Facebook, Instagram, or Messenger!
Although this sounds a little crazy at first, the program as a whole has a good intention and gives users the power to block their pictures from being posted online.
Facebook is currently running this as a test program in Australia with limited candidates. They are in partnership with the Australian eSafety Commissioner's Office for the same.
However, there are many concerns that arise with this that Facebook has left unaddressed.
Firstly, there is no way to confirm whether the picture that you are uploading is actually of you.
Secondly, it doesn’t address the ethical concern of a Facebook employee downloading the image or making a copy of it while he/she reviews it.
Furthermore, the system will only protect you from revenge porn on Facebook. People would still be able to post the images elsewhere.
Lastly, there is no mention of how long the process would take. So the ‘intimate picture’ then stays in your Messenger thread for that period. What if your account is hacked during that period?
Moreover, the biggest concern still remains that the picture is reviewed by an employee! There is no control over the fact that what if they are the ones to leak-out the picture!
However, we must keep in mind that this program is limited to a test audience currently!