What if the best way to keep your naughty photos secret was to send them to the biggest social network in the world? Incongruous, it is the proposal of Facebook that has partnered with several NGOs to fight against the phenomenon of porn revenge.

“People should not have the opportunity to share intimate images to hurt others,” said Antigone Davis, head of Facebook security in the preamble. To fight porn revenge , the practice of publishing erotic photos or videos of a person without his consent to harm him, the social network asks you to send them before.

An imprint of the image to avoid future publications

On paper the idea is good because off pornographic sites, Facebook is one of the places where these contents are most likely to be published. The social network wants to keep an impression. This will prevent the image from being re-posted later on Facebook, Messenger or Instagram.

The process is rather simple. With a form available on Facebook or from different NGOs (Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, UK Revenge Porn Helpline, YWCA Canada …), then a link to upload the photo, the content of the form is then checked and the intimate photo is then removed within 7 days. Facebook would only keep a digital print and every time a photo was published, it would be blocked.

The idea on the Facebook side is to improve the tools through a test phase. However, now remains to answer a big question: while the company is in delicacy on personal data after the Cambridge Analytica case, do you really want to trust him for this type of sensitive content? Would you have enough confidence in Mark Zuckerberg’s social network to give him potentially damaging images?

In addition, it is difficult to know for now whether the system will be really effective. Can he block a cropped or retouched photo? The simplest is probably not to make these images …