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Humans to vet Facebook revenge porn photos

Humans rather than algorithms will view the naked images voluntarily sent to Facebook in a scheme being trialled in Australia to combat revenge porn. The BBC understands that members of Facebook’s community operations team will look at the images in order to make a “fingerprint” of them to prevent them being uploaded again. Facebook will notify the person once the photo has been “hashed’. It will then be up to the sender to delete the image. The trial, which could be extended to other countries, is seen as a way…

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Facebook 'remembers' nude images to combat revenge porn

Facebook is testing a system that allows users to message themselves their nude photos in an effort to combat so-called revenge porn. It will store a “fingerprint” of images to prevent any copies of them being shared by disgruntled ex-lovers. The trial is in Australia, where studies suggest one in five women aged 18-45 may have had image-based abuse. But one expert says there will still be problems outside Facebook and related sites such as WhatsApp and Instagram. Facebook said it looked forward “to getting feedback and learning” from the…

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Damian Green says computer porn allegations are 'political smears'

Theresa May’s most senior minister has denied a claim that police found pornography on a computer in his office in Westminster during a raid in 2008. First Secretary of State Damian Green said the ex-police chief’s allegations in the Sunday Times were “completely untrue” and “political smears”. And he said police had never told him that any improper material had been found on his parliamentary computer. It comes amid a growing sexual misconduct scandal in Westminster. ‘Humiliated’ On Sunday further details emerged about allegations against Sir Michael Fallon, who this…

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Glee actor Mark Salling admits child porn possession

Former Glee actor Mark Salling has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. Salling, 35, now faces between four and seven years in prison and has been ordered to pay about $ 50,000 (£38,000) to each victim. The actor was arrested in 2015 after a tip off he was in possession of images of children being sexually abused. Investigators eventually found thousands of images on his laptop and hard drive. Salling was charged with two counts of receiving and possessing images of child sexual abuse in May 2016, and faced…

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Revenge porn laws may not be capturing the right people

Australia is moving quickly towards creating laws to deal with the perceived menace of revenge porn. Both the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales have recently introduced specific laws, bringing them into line with Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. But the creation of new offences may not be the panacea it is intended to be. Instead, we should focus our efforts on overcoming investigative challenges and implementing crime prevention strategies in a more practical approach. The rise of revenge porn has been facilitated by our ability to create content and distribute it….

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We can't afford to be shy about sex education – or porn will fill in the gaps

When I was at school, sex education was pretty much non-existent. I graduated in 2010, and the main things I came away with, in order of how they were prioritised included: how not to get pregnant, how not to get an STI, and how to distinguish between mine and my male counterparts “private bits”. Seven years later, not much has changed. While some schools provide open and honest sexual education emphasising consent and respect, many others teach only anatomy and safety, or avoid the topic altogether. The ongoing prevalence of…

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Porn ID checks set to start in April 2018

A nine-month countdown to the introduction of compulsory age checks on online pornography seen from the UK has begun. The April 2018 goal to protect under-18s was revealed as digital minister Matt Hancock signed the commencement order for the Digital Economy Act, which introduces the requirement. But details as to how the scheme will work have yet to be finalised. Experts who advised ministers said the targeted date seemed “unrealistic”. The Act also sets out other new laws including punishing the use of bots to snatch up scores of concert…

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