Facebook to launch new machine learning algorithm to combat revenge porn

Facebook announced on Friday that it will soon be introducing new technology for detecting revenge pornography posted on the platform. A spokesperson for Facebook told Motherboard, "We use technology to determine two main things: whether an image or video contains nudity or near nudity and whether the image or video was shared in a vengeful manner. Our technology has been trained on previously confirmed non-consensual intimate images to recognize language patterns and keywords that would indicate whether an image or video was shared without consent.”

Facebook’s announcement explained that using machine learning and AI means it will be able to proactively detect “near nude” images shared without consent, which “means we can find this content before anyone reports it, which is important for two reasons: often victims are afraid of retribution so they are reluctant to report the content themselves or are unaware the content has been shared.”

We at McAllister Olivarius support the development of technology that gives victims of revenge pornography another way to fight back and regain their online privacy, especially when it keeps the revenge porn from spreading in the first place.