Facebook wants you to send them your nude picture. But why?

The social media platform wants its members to preemptively upload their nude and intimate pictures to Facebook for safe-keeping.

Facebook is testing an unusual way to put an end to revenge porn - they need your intimate images to do it.

The scheme is aimed at people who are anxious partners or ex-partners may share the images without their consent - and is being trialled in Australia, the US, Canada and the UK.

Keeping your intimate images off the internet may soon be easier because Facebook has teamed up with Australia's eSafety office to test a program aimed at preventing revenge porn. He questions how Facebook will protect that uploaded image from hackers.

Software being used by Facebook will take the images and create a hash - a digital fingerprint which looks like a series of letters and numbers - which it will recognise if it is uploaded again and automatically block it.

Facebook will get noticed by this and they will make the image matched using their image-matching technology and this will lead to a tag over the image with which no one can share that image.

The program in Australia is in conjunction with the government's e-Safety Commission, an office dedicated to promoting digital safety, especially for children.

Users wanting to take part in the scheme must first complete an online form on the Australian e-safety commissioner's website. In a statement on the trial, Facebook said: "This is an initial pilot in Australia".

She said the plan, "has the potential to disable the control and power perpetrators hold over victims, particularly in cases of ex-partner retribution and sextortion, and the subsequent harm that could come to them".

The unorthodox scheme is now being tested among Facebook's Australian users, but Britain, Canada and the United States are also expected to take part in the project.

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