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April 6, 2017

Facebook Announces Plan to Prevent Revenge Porn

Facebook is cracking down on the circulation of revenge porn on its platforms.

The social media giant has implemented a new set of tools to prevent “intimate images” from being shared on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram.

“This is part of our ongoing effort to help build a safe community on and off Facebook,” Facebook head of global safety Antigone Davis said in a blog post. “According to a study of U.S. victims of non-consensual intimate images, 93 percent report significant emotional distress and 82 percent report significant impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of their life.”

Now, if someone sees an inappropriate image on Facebook that looks like it was shared without permission, he or she can click on the ‘Report’ link that appears when the downward arrow is tapped or the “…” next to a post.

Once the click is received, trained representatives from Facebook’s Community Operations team will review the image. If the picture violates Facebook’s Community Standards, it will be removed.

“In most cases, we will also disable the account for sharing intimate images without permission,” Davis said. “We offer an appeals process if someone believes an image was taken down in error.”

Facebook will then use photo-matching technologies to prevent any other attempts to share the image on any of its platforms. Anyone who tries to share the image after it’s been reported and removed, will receive a message that it violates Facebook’s policies and, therefore, they will be unable to share it.

Support will be offered to victims of the abuse through Facebook’s safety organization partnerships.


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Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.

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