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Facebook is trying to expand its fight against revenge porn on the platform with a pilot program that asks users to send naked photos of themselves so the platform can block said photos before someone else shares them. Facebook has been testing the system in Australia and is now extending the trial to the US, Britain and Canada. In a public post, Facebook's Global Head of Safety, Antigone Davis, said that the platform was expanding its pilot program targeting the non-consensual sharing of images on the platform. Rather than having to report an image after it's already been shared around Facebook (a system that is already present on Facebook), the platform will let users upload an image before it's been seen by others. Privacy much? With the recent privacy-related scandals plaguing Facebook, users might be wary of sharing something so incredibly private with the platform. At a time when people are worried about Facebook scraping information from or tagging their everyday images the last thing they would be willing to do would be to share their nude images voluntarily. In an attempt to tackle these concerns the social media giant is partnering with safety organisations across the four regions. These include the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative and The National Network to End Domestic Violence in the US, YWCA Canada, the UK Revenge Porn Helpline and the Australian Office of the eSafety Commissioner. Users worried about intimate images being shared on Facebook, Instagram or Messenger can contact their relevant local organisation…

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