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Facebook rolls out tools to prevent 'revenge porn' being spread across its platforms

Tyrone Stewart

Facebook on laptopFacebook has introduced new tools to help fight against the sharing of ‘revenge porn’ on its platforms, as it continues the work to improve safety on its social channels.

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.

Any content reported will be reviewed by Facebook’s community operations team and removed if it does not adhere to the social network’s community standards. Facebook says it will offer an appeal process should someone believe an image was incorrectly removed.

Once an image has been removed, Facebook will use photo-matching technology – similar to a reverse image search – to prevent further copies of the image being shared on its platforms.

“When this content, often referred to as ‘revenge porn’, is reported to us, we can now prevent it from being shared on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram,” said Antigone Davis, head of global safety at Facebook, in a post. “This is part of our ongoing effort to help build a safe community on and off Facebook.”

Facebook has also partnered with safety organisations to offer resources and support to the victims of ‘revenge porn’.