Facebook, and the Internet at large, is having an issue with an epidemic of "revenge porn," the disgusting practice of posting explicit photos of an ex-partner without their consent. Facebook has been in court in the past over allegations that they don't do enough to combat the practice. Now the social network is introducing new features to fight it, including an automated process to stop it in its tracks.

On the user side of things, when reporting an image as inappropriate, you can now choose a specific option that tells Facebook the image is a nude photo of you. Accounts that share such images can be disabled as punishment.

The new automated process collects the photos and stores them in a database so that it can automatically prevent repeat sharing of the photos on Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram. The images are supposedly blurred, with only a small number of employees being allowed access.


At some point in the process, of course a human being would have to look at the picture to determine what it is. That's understandable. And it's good that the pictures are blurred, to maintain at least a modicum of privacy. But I can easily see people taking issue with the mere idea of a database of "revenge porn," blurred or not.

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