Technology

Nov 13, 2017

Facebook wants your nudes and the government says that’s fine

Facebook is asking you to send it your own nudes. And the eSafety Commissioner is encouraging you to do so.

Michael Bradley — Managing partner at Marque Lawyers

Michael Bradley

Managing partner at Marque Lawyers

Should you trust Facebook? If you’re on it, you already do. Its faceless tentacles are fully embedded in your movements, prejudices and purchasing patterns. It knows more about your network of family and friends than any human does. You’ve given it enough information to clone you, voluntarily and without reading its terms of use.

That aspect of the evolution of privacy is done, along with the hope of ever again doing something embarrassing at the pub and it not being recorded on someone’s phone.

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8 thoughts on “Facebook wants your nudes and the government says that’s fine

  1. Andrew Reilly

    According to The Register, which has covered this story in a bit of detail, (https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/11/10/facebook_nude_photos_explained/) the photos aren’t only examined by their software: a “specially trained” person has to make sure they’re legitimate too…

  2. Wallywonga

    What a ludicrous idea; so photoshop can’t get around that software obstacle?
    There has never been any form of human endeavour that has not eventually required regulation.
    Somehow the tech billionaires keep getting away with the notion that they should not be regulated because their products represent only positivity for mankind.
    Our concerned defensive response is to produce more studies identifying the increasing social cost of the negatives, but still no sign from any government that they will try and regulate.
    I am sure with international threats of regulation and major fines, Mr Z, instead of smirking, could quickly find appropriate editing algorithmic solutions. He just doesn’t want to spend the money to do so.

  3. Peter Hannigan

    This reminds me of that insight from the advertising world – if you are offered something for free then you are the product they are selling.

  4. AR

    “I’m a megacorp, trust me!”. Almost as dumb as thinking that lawyers are not blood sucking abominations.

  5. zut alors

    It’s actually possible for a human being to exist without Facebook in their life.

    And please name the three people on planet Earth who naively believe their nude photos will never be seen by anyone apart from spouse/partner/whoever.

  6. [email protected]

    You would feel even sicker if you saw my nude photos.

  7. Joel

    In fairness, the database is just of hashed (unretrievably encrypted) images, and I can understand the need to check for legitimacy (if the images were pre-hashed before submission then I can totally see agribusinesses or mining companies submitting pre-hashed images of animal abuse or devastated mine sites so those can be helpfully blocked too) but, still… this sounds like a fantastically terrible solution to the problem.

    Of course there’ll be “specially trained” operatives who take a select few images home for their private library. Of course some will get misdirected en route. Of course we don’t know what extra Facebook metadata gets associated with your account if you participate in this, even if there’s no correlation between that and the hash. Just fantasically terrible.

    1. AR

      The Customs porn clerk at the main OzPost sorting office in Clyde had the most visited office in the building.
      It was only after women began to be given the job that “foreign orders” ceased.
      Of course, that sort of thing wouldn’t happen now.
      yuk, yuk

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