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New Facebook Rollout Blocks People From Sharing Revenge Porn

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* New technology will block revenge porn on Facebook
* Users will be penalized for posting it
* 1 in 25 Americans is a victim of non-consensual image sharing

Facebook is using new photo-matching technology to stop users from sharing images which have been reported and tagged as revenge porn, reports TechCrunch. Revenge porn is defined as intimate photos of people shared without their consent.

Now when someone tries to share a photo that has been previously flagged, they will be alerted that the photo violated Facebook’s policies. They will be blocked from sharing it on Facebook, Messenger, or Instagram.

“We’ve focused in on this because of the unique harm that this kind of sharing has on its victims,” says Antigone Davis, Facebook’s Global Head of Safety.

Facebook had previously made it possible for victims to report revenge porn, but the new language is much more clear. Facebook will also begin deactivating the accounts of users who post such photos.

According to statistics, 93% of people affected by revenge porn report significant emotional distress. 82% report difficulties in other aspects of their lives.

According to a joint report by the Data & Society Research Institute and the Center for Innovative Public Health Research, 1 in 25 Americans has been the victim of non-consensual image sharing.

While Facebook had reportedly been developing a platform to use AI to detect and report offensive photos, it seems that in instances of revenge porn, humans are still needed.