NCMEC – National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, has launched a new tool, “Take It Down,” to help minors remove pictures from social media platforms uploaded without their consent. Meta and Facebook were also the founding members of this tool. This tool has been designed to help people under 18 and those whose pictures were uploaded on social media when they were 18. With the use of the “Take It Down Tool,” people will be able to remove their sexually explicit images from various social media platforms.
Take it Down Tool For Minors
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Sharing images of minors without their consent is increasing daily and is becoming a severe issue for children. Sharing one image without their permission over social media and torturing or bullying the person is called “image-based abuse” or “revenge porn.” The motive behind this is to harass the victim. So it was necessary to take some serious steps to help minors.
NCMEC has described the working of the tool Take It Down as a free tool that will help minors or adults whose images when they were minors has got public in removing their images or stopping sharing their images such as nude, partially nude, or sexually explicit photos or videos.
The take It down tool is currently supported by the public and unencrypted platforms that have agreed to participate with this tool. Along with Facebook and Instagram, other platforms such as Pornhub, OnlyFans, and Yubo also integrate with this tool.
Further, NCMEC has cleared that the tool doesn’t need intimate images or videos to work itself. Instead, it generates a hash value for each offensive image or video. And the agreed platform will be able to use that hash value to detect the offensive photos and then delete them or stop their sharing.
Michelle DeLaune – NCMES President and CEO, has said that we have created this tool to help minors because they were facing desperate situations. And further, they have said that they hope that children will be aware of this tool in the upcoming days and feel relieved to know that there is some tool now which can help them to take down their sexually explicit images that were uploaded publicly without their consent. Thus there will be end-to-end privacy, and not even the platforms will be able to see the images as they are detecting the images with the use of hash value only.
To use “Take It Down,” one must select the explicit image or video available on his device and click on get started. After this, the tool will generate the hash value without uploading the graphic image anywhere, and the agreed platforms which further share the deal by the tool on matching the hash value will be able to delete the photos or videos without seeing them.
So what are your views on this revolutionary tool by NCMES? It will help the minors a lot who are facing image-based abuses. Now they don’t need to fear anyone.