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Revenge Porn: How To Aggresively Crack It Down On Facebook, Instagram

Facebook has made it easier for users to crack down on “revenge porn” a term coined to describe the practice of sharing private pictures of a person online without their permission. This can disrupt the life of victims emotionally and psychologically. The victims who already feel distressed and pained may find it difficult to hold a job or maintain a relationship, possibly making them consider suicide. For this reason, Facebook now has strict guidelines on how victims can get such intimate content removed.

The company revealed that it’ll use a variety of measures to put a stop to revenge porn across its online properties, including Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram. With the new tool, users of the social network can automatically prevent the images from being shared again once they have been banned.

In other words, as from the time of its announcement, which was in 2017, users of the world’s largest social network should see an option to report a picture as inappropriate specifically because it is a “nude photo of me”.

According to the company, Revenge porn refers to the sharing of sexually explicit images on the internet, without the consent of the people depicted in the pictures, in order to extort or humiliate them. The practice disproportionately affects women, who are sometimes targeted by former partners. The offence covers sharing private sexual materials, photos, videos showing people engaged in sexual activity that would usually not be done in the public eye. It could also be genitals, breasts or buttocks exposed or covered with just underwear which naturally the people involved wouldn’t want to share with the public.

Often times it is used for blackmailing the victims into performing sex acts or force them to continue a relationship or to just ruin someone’s reputation.