The technology has been designed for people who may be concerned that an ex-partner might post their intimate images to Facebook, Instagram or Messenger after the relationship has ended.
"They're not storing the image, they're storing the link and using artificial intelligence and other photo-matching technologies", Grant said.
The social media giant is piloting the program in Australia, and plans to test it in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom next, according to the Los Angeles Times. If Facebook has the photos, it can specifically recognize and instantly block them if they turn up elsewhere on Facebook, Messenger, or even Instagram. According to a 2016 report from the Data & Society Research Institute, about 4% of U.S. internet users have been the victims of revenge porn, and the number rises to 10% for women under the age of 30.
The limited pilot program is available in three other countries: the U.S., U.K., and Canada.
Julie Inman Grant, Australia's e-Safety commissioner, said Facebook would not permanently store the images, only their digital fingerprints, which are capable of blocking further attempts to upload the pictures but can not be decoded to produce the images themselves.
"It would be like sending yourself your image in email, but obviously this is a much safer, secure end-to-end way of sending the image without sending it through the ether", said Julie Inman Grant, e-Safety commissioner.
That way, your photo will never show up on any of Facebook's servers.
Global News reached out to Facebook but did not hear back at the time of publication.
"The naked images are going to be sensitive information, so the user will probably need to express some consent on this, like clicking a box", she said. Once a picture has been removed, photo-matching technology is used to ensure the image isn't uploaded again.
At least that is what Facebook and the Australian government is saying to do in a new test aimed at cutting off potential revenge porn before it happens.
It has also been found that 10 percent of women under 30 have had someone threaten to leak their nudes online.