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Facebook Is Fighting To Block Revenge Porn Crimes

Photo-matching could help stop revenge porn.

Facebook is working to help users that are the victims of revenge porn. The social media platform added tools this week that allow users to report and automatically prevent the explicit images from being shared, reports Reuters

"Revenge porn" is a term that refers to putting sexually explicit images online of a person's body (or of them engaging in a sexual act). The person in the photos has not consented to the images being distributed and the intent is to shame or even blackmail them. The news site shares that revenge porn affects women disproportionately and oftentimes comes at the hand of former romantic partners.

Facebook has been at the center of the revenge porn. For instance, the company came under fire in 2015 when it was unable to identify a Dutch revenge porn creator who was anonymous. In an interview with Reuters, Antigone Davis, global head of safety at Facebook, said that Facebook realizes it needed to do more to stop these crimes and has met with more than 150 women's safety organizations.

Under the new implementations, users now see the option to report a picture as inappropriate specifically because it is a "nude photo of me," per a Facebook statement. The largest social media network is also starting to use photo-matching software which automatically repeats the sharing of banned images. 

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