Facebook addresses revenge porn with tech to prevent people from re-sharing intimate images

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. That means if someone tries to share a photo that Facebook has previously taken down, that person will see a pop-up saying the photo violates Facebook’s policies and that Facebook will not allow the person to share that particular photo 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,” Facebook Global Head of Safety Antigone Davis told me. “In the newsroom post we refer to a specific piece of research around the unique harm this has for victims. I think that’s where the focus was for this moving forward.”

The figure Davis is referring to is that 93% of people affected by the sharing of non-consensual intimate images report “significant emotional distress” and 82% report significant difficulties in other aspects of their lives, according to the US Victims of Non-Consensual Intimate Images.

Although Facebook has enabled people to report images for a while now, the language around revenge porn is now more clear and “very specific to these types of intimate images,” Davis said. In “many” cases, Facebook will also deactivate the account of the person who posted the revenge porn.

Facebook has also partnered with a handful of organizations, like the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative and the Revenge Porn Helpline, to offer support to people who are victims of revenge porn.

 Revenge porn is a widespread issue on the internet, with one in 25 people in the U.S. being victims of non-consensual image sharing, according to a 2016 report from the Data & Society Research Institute and the Center for Innovative Public Health Research. Facebook’s new tools around tackling revenge porn come shortly after a scandal involving people on both Facebook and Instagram targeting female Marines in private groups.

Last year, Facebook Director of Engineering for Applied Machine Learning Joaquin Candela told TechCrunch that the platform was using AI to report to detect and report offensive photos, but it seems that in instances of revenge porn, humans are still needed.

“At this moment, we’re not using AI to go through this particular content,” Davis said. “There is significant context that’s required for reviewing non-consensual sharing.”

Facebook and Microsoft to construct private net dual carriageway underwater

Facebook and Microsoft are going underwater.

the two technology groups announced on Thursday they’re to put in an undersea cable from the east coast of the us to Spain to assist speed up their international net services.

Speedy connectivity is mainly vital to fb, which desires to inspire users across the world to broadcast stay video and meet in digital reality. each sports can eat massive amounts of bandwidth.

The project marks yet another example in which technology corporations are assuming roles historically left to public utilities or the government, and until now undersea cables have traditionally been laid by way of telecommunications incumbents. meanwhile, Google maintains to amplify Fiber, its excessive-speed internet application, Amazon.com effectively is building its very own postal service, Uber is trying to replace regulated cab groups and facebook is bringing wi-fi internet to Africa.

The cable will journey from northern Virginia inside the US, a first-rate junction point inside the worldwide internet, to Bilbao in Spain, and then onward to the rest of Europe, Africa, the middle East and Asia. The organizations stated it will likely be maximum-potential undersea cable yet throughout the Atlantic. The cost wasn’t disclosed.

An infrastructure-targeted subsidiary of Telefónica, the Spanish telecom company, will manage the cable. construction is scheduled to start in August 2016 and be completed by way of October 2017.

despite the fact that Telefónica will sell access to the cable to different agencies, facebook and Microsoft are making sure they will get gold standard get entry to to quick records transfers throughout the ocean. In impact, the corporations could have their own private dual carriageway between primary markets.

There presently are extra than a dozen undersea cables among the usa and Europe.

The selection for facebook and Microsoft to construct their personal speaks to their imaginative and prescient for how a lot bandwidth they will want inside the future. At fb’s developer convention in San Francisco in April, executives showed how they envision users on one of a kind continents assembly up without a doubt on line using complicated structures of headsets, cameras and different video display units. The experience will require an top notch amount of space on the internet’s backbone.

fb’s ability to fund its personal cable now’s possibly to help it hold its market dominance within the destiny. whilst upstart digital reality companies can have to buy area on others’ undersea cables, fb simply could have its personal.