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Facebook is launching new tools to Protect Intimate Images and Help Build a Safe Community

Facebook is launching new tools to Protect Intimate Images and Help Build a Safe Community

Facebook has announced new tools to help people when intimate images are shared on Facebook without their permission. When this content, often referred to as “revenge porn,” is reported, the company can now prevent it from being shared on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram. This is part of Facebook’s ongoing effort to help build a safe community on and off the platform.

Making this announcement is Antigone Davis, Head of Global Safety, Facebook.

According to a study of US victims of non-consensual intimate images, 93% of people affected by the sharing of intimate images report significant emotional distress, and 82% report significant impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of their life.

Facebook has designed its tools to help people in these situations. Here’s how it works:

  • If you see an intimate image on Facebook that looks like it was shared without permission, you can report it by using the “Report” link that appears when you tap on the downward arrow or “…” next to a post.
  • Specially trained representatives from Facebook’s Community Operations team review the image and remove it if it violates Facebook’s Community Standards. In most cases, the company will also disable the account for sharing intimate images without permission. Facebook offers an appeals process if someone believes an image was taken down in error.
  • We then use photo-matching technologies to help thwart further attempts to share the image on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram. If someone tries to share the image after it’s been reported and removed, Facebook will alert them that it violates its policies and that the company has stopped their attempt to share it.
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Facebook also partners with safety organizations to offer resources and support to the victims of this behavior.

These tools, developed in partnership with safety experts, are one example of the potential technology has to help keep people safe. Facebook is in a unique position to prevent harm, one of its five areas of focus as it helps build a global community.

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Facebook is grateful for all of the advice and assistance it received in developing these tools and resources. The company has worked with the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative and other companies to create a one-stop destination for victims and others to report this content to the major technology companies.

Additionally, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, Center for Social Research, the Revenge Porn Helpline (UK) and the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative provided input and feedback throughout the product-development process.

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Facebook convened over 150 safety organizations and experts last year in Kenya, India, Ireland, Washington DC, New York, Spain, Turkey, Sweden and the Netherlands to get feedback on ways it can improve. Their feedback helped drive today’s announcement.

Facebook look forward to building on these tools and working with other companies to explore how they could be used across the industry.

To learn more about safety at Facebook,


About Facebook

Founded in 2004, Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what is going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them. Facebook has 1.04 billion daily active users on average worldwide and 7.2 million daily visitors from Nigeria.


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henry April 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm

that will be the best way so ever, thanks for your concern

olawoyin Isaac Feranmi Feranmi April 19, 2017 at 11:27 am

Thanks,that is a good idea

Isiaq Muhammed April 21, 2017 at 3:02 pm

That Is Really Good

RayRandoSea April 21, 2017 at 7:17 pm

Yes indeed, that is very good idea that must be avert on FB, so that peace living family and friends will Not apart in acrimony mode becaus of social Media by the hand-work of mishievious elements on Social Media Platfom…..Beside this Intimate Image security alarming now, I wished to add here in by, on behalf on Social Media Consumers especiall on the New entrynees into Social Media Account Registration. Tha Social Media should not strictly insisting One Real Name/s, because some human do suddomly involve into change of Name from which they are originally known in their birth locality, education institution and into other New environ of life living ahead of them which factors invoving their of Name/s \”Remodification of Name/s\” is best Known to Them and been their privacy affair. ……Rather Social Media Service Providers should focus on Uniformic account Names, One Facial Phone, Adress/Contacts, One Country origin……….And all these particulas infos should be replicate in all his or her Social Media Registration Accounts even though the consumer has 100account on different Social Media Service, included E-mail UserName, the Name should be reflected on \”#All\” for Uniformic of Individual\’s unique of interlectual property, e.g like mine >>> rayrando964@gmail>>>……Buiz >>>[email protected]………….To me, this create hindrance against Mischievious minded Individuals will not have different Account Names with different Social Media Service Providers, as to do evil in another Social Media…,……This is my little security Tools I can put in here for Verification, if it will be vailed for consideration before application, as You \”Social Mndia Service Providers\” are after Safety of ThemSelves & We the Consumers………….¤

Omolaolu Olajide April 23, 2017 at 10:42 pm

Am so happy to hear this, can\’t wait to see it happen
I will be so pleased to be part of this great opportunity

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