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Facebook offer help and support to those targeted by 'revenge porn'


Facebook has implemented a new photo-matching technology to ensure people can't re-share images previously reported and tagged as revenge porn - intimate photos of people shared without their consent.

What's most important is Facebook is now taking real steps to combat revenge porn.

This latest update will work toward making it impossible for intimate content reported to Facebook to be shared on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram - however, as of this time at least, not WhatsApp.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page, "We're focused on building a community that keeps people safe".

It also cited a study by the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative that said that of U.S. victims of non-consensual intimate images, 93% reported significant emotional distress and 82% reported significant impairment in social, occupational or other areas of their lives.

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As part of the tools, Facebook said "specially trained representatives" from its Community Operations team review images that are reported to them and remove them, as well as suspending the account that shared the image in most cases.

Further, users who share these may see their accounts disabled. While social media is a great place to share photos and memories, it's never ok for someone to pose private photos of you without your consent. Facebook said that it had sought feedback from 150 intenret safety organisations and experts in Kenya, India, Ireland, Washington DC, New York, Spain, Turkey, Sweden and the Netherlands.

If a user believes content was taken down by mistake, he or she can go through an appeal process.

Facebook has announced new measures to crack down on intimate images shared on the platform without permission. Someone still has to report that intimate images were shared. Facebook says the company worked with numerous groups to make the tool as useful as possible, including the Civil Rights Initiative, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and the UK's Revenge Porn Helpline. Anyone who attempts to do so will receive an automatic message that it violates Facebook policy that their attempt has been blocked.

[Representational Image] Facebook launches new safe community initiatives; gets cracking on revenge porn.

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