Facebook and Instagram introduce new tools to prevent the spread of teens’ intimate photos
Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, has joined Take It Down, an initiative from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), to help prevent the spread of intimate photos of young people online. The system, which relies on locally stored photos, allows concerned users to upload generated hashes to Take It Down, rather than the photos themselves. If program members like Facebook or Instagram spot these hashes elsewhere, they can block the content to prevent its proliferation. The program is available not just for those under 18, but for parents who want to act on their child’s behalf and adults who want to scrub images taken of them when they were younger. While the NCMEC warns that platforms have limited capabilities to remove content that’s already online, this initiative could help mitigate or undo the damage from unwanted sharing.