Facebook clamps down on spread of ‘revenge porn’

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Facebook has launched a new photo matching tool to clamp down on the spread of sexual pictures having no consent. Mark Zuckerberg previously promised that he will tackle abuse on Facebook. Today, Facebook launched a new system to clamp down ‘revenge porn’ – publishing of sexual pictures of other people. Social media is often exploited by ‘revenge porn’ offenders, with the intent of directly humiliating the victim in front of their friends and family. In a blog, Facebook’s Head of Global Safety Antigone Davis explained that new ‘photo matching’ software will help clamp down on the sharing of known revenge porn pictures – even in private Facebook Messenger conversations.

Laura Higgins, Founder of The Revenge Porn Helpline, said: “We are delighted with the announcement made by Facebook today. This new process will provide reassurance for many victims of image based sexual abuse, and dramatically reduce the amount of harmful content on the platform. We hope that this will inspire other social media companies to take similar action and that together we can make the online environment hostile to abuse.”

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