Facebook really is getting creepy strange

Facebook really is getting creepy strange
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Now Facebook is asking users who have been the victims of revenge and blackmail porn to send Facebook nude photos of themselves so Facebook can generate a hash value of the porn and erase any photos on their network having a similar value.

Facebook is testing a new method to combat revenge porn in Australia, the Australia Broadcasting Corporation reports.  The strategy entails uploading your nude photos or videos to Messenger in order to help Facebook tag it as non-consensual explicit media.

The idea is that Facebook will take your nude shot, reduce it to a mathematical hash value, erase the original picture (yeah, right!), and then use that hash value to search out and erase any similar photos on its system, thus stopping revenge porn in its tracks.  No longer would you be blackmailed. …

The only ones reined in by this will be amateurs.  The truly competent – which will be top-heavy with 16-year-old boys – will hardly skip a beat.  These will be familiar with Photoshop, ExifTool, and…oh, yeah…proxies.

In the meantime, most of you should avoid Facebook unless you are up to creating a false or modified identity.  Facebook does not need that all that personal information.

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