Facebook wants to prevent porn revenge before it happens

The social network wants potential victims to take a proactive approach to prevent the release of their photos.

Revenge porn kills millions of people every year. According to Mashable, after Facebook launched in April 2017 a new tool to report these private photos released without the consent of the contacts, this fall it will further develop by launching a pilot program responsible for discovering these photos before they are released.

So far, to delete a photo, it has to be tagged by the user, verified by a Facebook member and the complaint verified by them. The snapshot is then “quarantined” and social network algorithms ensure that the snapshot is not uploaded to its page again.

The new method allows people who are concerned about an intimate photo of themselves to appear online and report it to their country’s “eSafety” office in order to stop any attempts to upload to social networks. As a result, Facebook’s algorithms learn to recognize sexually explicit images so you can reject them even before posting. But the Australian Financial Review explained that, to do so, it must leave a trail on the photo and send potential victims to the social media team via Messenger. Facebook claims not to keep the photos, and Internet users will have to remove them from the messaging app.

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First test in Australia

Antigone Davis, Facebook’s head of security, said it was the number one in the world. She added: “These tools were developed in collaboration with global security experts, and this is an example of how we use new technologies to ensure the safety of people and prevent injuries.”

The pilot is currently being tested in Australia and will soon be tested in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. If Facebook chose Australia, it was because the organization worked with the government there to launch a portal to report cases of inappropriate images and cyber harassment that relied on the “electronic security” office, and the country was particularly active on revenge porn.

In France, convicted persons face up to two years in prison and a fine of € 60,000.

Twitter in turn prohibits “porn revenge” on its site

Weibo sites no longer need to post sexually explicit photos without the person’s consent. The offender’s account will be blocked.

As of March 11, 2015, Twitter has banned “pornographic revenge” on its website. Now its usage policy states that its users ’accounts that post“ private photos or videos taken or posted without my consent ”will be suspended.

In order to be able to post the message again, the user must delete the photo or video in question. And, if the images are subject to judicial investigation, Twitter will provide the information needed to identify Twittos.

Twitter is slow to respond to the increasing demands of Internet users, who complain about the site’s bad behavior. If he announced in the summer that he would face harassment to improve the security of the Tweto, then only a few small changes would be required. The site continued this policy in February and decided to delete its holder’s account for identity theft or personal details theft.

These new rules were welcomed by Mary Anne Franks, director of the Internet Civil Rights Organization, who tweeted: “@ twitter’s new policy for #revengeporn is good for #privacy (bad for feminists who hate it )) “.

This policy change is part of a larger movement. Therefore, a few weeks ago, Reddit also announced that it would close Internet user accounts that posted sexually explicit photos without the person’s consent. And in late 2013, California passed a law to punish such behavior.

Microsoft tackles porn revenge on Bing, OneDrive and Xbox Live


Microsoft now provides victims of pornographic revenge with a form to simplify their request to remove content.

After Google, Twitter or Reddit, Microsoft should announce that the organization will take steps to curb porn (or porn revenge) revenge by helping victims delete pictures from the Internet. Spread sex without their consent.

The Redmond-based company said it would remove links to those photos or videos from Bing’s search results and remove access to images shared on OneDrive or Xbox Live.

Jacqueline Beauchere, Microsoft’s online security manager, said in a blog of the organization: “If someone shares private pictures of others online without their consent, the consequences will be truly devastating.”
Recognizing that such incidents could have a serious impact on the lives of victims, Microsoft created a new page to report such incidents and streamline the process. This page is currently only available in English, but will be “translated into other languages ​​in the coming weeks”.

The manager added: “Obviously, this reporting mechanism is only a small step in an ongoing effort, and it is essential in the public and private sectors to address this issue.” Collaborate with industry leaders and experts on this topic Hope that its efforts will help “combat this despicable practice.”

Source : Microsoft

DHS and DOJ investigate escort and massage sites appeared after BACKPAGE shutdown

A year ago, Carl Ferrer, CEO of the classified ad site Backpage.com, pleaded guilty in federal court and the site was shut down. Now, the feds are turning their attention to the platforms that have somehow succeeded Backpage.com.


According to Wall Street Journal report published on Sunday September 15, US authorities, including the DHS or Department of Homeland Security and the DOJ or Department of Justice, are investigating three websites. The latter are said to be earning money with advertisements on escort services and user opinions on prostitution. The agencies are therefore investigating whether these platforms also work in human trafficking, prostitution or even money laundering.

In addition, the investigation aims to reveal the link that the three sites have with David Azzato, a Swiss businessman.

Three sites in the crosshairs of the authorities

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Rubmaps.ch sites, which specialize in reviews of massage parlors, EroticMonkey.ch, which collects reviews of escort services, and Eros.com, an advertising site for services are among those who took advantage of the closure of Backpage.com. According to an analysis of visitor data compiled by Alexa Internet Inc., Eros.com was the most visited platform in July among the sites working in the underground sexual economy in the United States.

Rubmaps and EroticMonkey were the two most visited user review sites in the same month, as reported by ChildSafe.ai, which analyzed and provided data and other tools to help law enforcement to combat sex trafficking.

Rob Specter, the founder and CEO of ChildSafe.ai said that these three websites have benefited greatly from the closure of Backpage.

David Azzato in the crosshairs

Regarding the case of David Azzato, the latter said that he had no connection with the three sites. However, a source familiar with the investigation said that authorities believe he is actively involved.

Bassem Banafa, the forensic accountant who participated in the investigation on Backpage also said that critical parts of the intellectual property and payment and network infrastructure of these three sites are related to Azzato.

The Wall Street Journal also reported that Azzato’s name appears in registration information, email addresses and records linked to some of these sites. In response, a spokesperson for Switzerland said that his name was used fraudulently as a contact for the EroticMonkey site.

In any case, the investigation continues and we will know soon enough the conclusions which will or will not condemn the three sites involved