Facebook owns up to its responsibility for Revenge Porn

http://www.Change.org/EndRevengePorn

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Mark Zuckerberg committed on Wednesday to the eradication of revenge porn on Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram. WhatsApp is not mentioned, as it is based on encryption technology.

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The company will pursue this matter following a two-pronged strategy.

First, platforms will facilitate the reporting of such incidents by users and flag pictures or videos that have been uploaded without the consent of the individual exposed. That requires the collaboration of users with Facebook “trained representatives,” The Guardian Reports.

Secondly, Facebook will use “photo-matching technologies” to track the dissemination of these images and prevent sharing.

The same approach is used to address instances of child abuse and terrorism. Hate speech may have to be the next target. Germany approved on Wednesday legislation that envisages major fines for social media outlets that fail to act on hate speech. In time, similar legislation could widen the scope of the emerging technology since one Syrian citizen in Germany sued Facebook for the slanderous use of his photograph.

Speaking to the BBC, UK’s Revenge Porn Helpline representative, Laura Higgins, hailed the move as a “step forwards,” as it will address the challenge of preventing the re-uploading of the image.

What is Revenge Porn?

Revenge porn is sometimes referred to as non-consensual pornography or image based sexual abuse.

The revenge is the act of sharing intimate pictures or videos of someone either on or offline, without the consent of the depicted individual.

The content is often linked to the victim’s social networking accounts and other websites and viewers are encouraged to share, download and comment. In some cases, links to the content is emailed or sent to family and friends or employers.

How does the law deal with Revenge porn?

In September 2016 Europe paid attention to the problem of revenge porn when Tiziana Cantone, 31, from Naples, Italy, committed suicide after she saw footage of herself online. The woman had tried to have the video wiped out from search engines but was unable. Her depression led to her suicide. Italy did not have dedicated legislation on the matter.

Germany, France, and the U.K. have moved to introduce specific legislation. A German Court set a legal precedent in 2014, obliging a man to delete erotic pictures of his former wife following her request. France has criminalized the violation of the intimate private life of an individual by transmitting his or her picture without the consent of the person concerned. Britain introduced similar legislation in 2015.

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