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Facebook using photo-matching tech to fight revenge porn

Posted at 8:18 AM, Apr 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-06 08:18:24-04

Facebook is expanding its efforts to create a safe community on all of its platforms.

Just earlier this week, a judge awarded a Michigan woman $600,000 after her ex-boyfriend posted a video of them having sex on Facebook.

It's a situation known as revenge porn -- and Facebook announced on its official blog that the spread of the content is something the social media giant is working to prevent in the future.

The secret weapon is use of photo-matching technologies, the company says.

If an image is flagged on Facebook, Instagram or Messenger and deemed to violate standards, it will be taken down. Facebook says in most cases, the company will also disable the account of the sharer.

This is the point where the new tool comes into play. Facebook says if someone tries to share that same image after it's been removed, they will now be notified of its sensitivity and the image will be blocked from being shared again.

The company also noted in its blog that it worked with other organizations to create resources for people who become victims of revenge porn. You can check out that site here.