Earl Mannly, 68, of Sarasota Springs loves his Facebook. “It’s a great way to keep in touch with the grandkids, and that loser younger brother of mine,” he said.
So naturally, he wants to help Facebook in their latest campaign to clamp down on so-called ‘revenge porn’ pics. For the uninitiated, these are nudes uploaded to the internet without consent from those featured in the photos (the nudees? I’m told that’s not a word).
“It’s seriously not cool,” said Earl looking grumpily, “so I’m going to do something about it. If Facebook wants photos of my naked body, then so be it… but not until I’ve passed.” You see, Earl is quite ill, and as much as he loves Facebook he readily admits he doesn’t trust them 100%. “I’d rather wait until I’m gone before my nudes are released upon the world. My father always taught us to be cautious.”
Facebook is apparently soliciting nudes to train their new AI to detect and remove revenge porn photos from their website as soon as they’re posted. Facebook claims that the photos will not be stored or shared with anyone. It’s not clear, however, how much human interaction is involved in this process or what the actual risk is to those who choose to participate.
“I really don’t know what will happen to these photos once they get out there, but I really hope it does someone some good. You know, really brightens someones day.”
“I always wanted to donate my body to science,” added Earl, “but now I can do that AND give back to my favorite website in the most sincere way.” When asked who will take the photos Earl grinned, “there’s plenty lying around here, so no worries.”