Facebook has today announced a new feature to help tackle revenge porn on the website. 

A new option will be added that allows users to report a nude picture of themselves, similar to the way inappropriate images are currently flagged. Facebook staff will then remove the picture and the account that posted it will be closed. 

To stop the media being published via another account, photo matching technology will be used to immediately prevent the post. Nice. 

It's obviously an important safety issue for the social media platform, and one they're committed to fighting to the death. 

"According to a study of US victims of non-consensual intimate images, 93% report significant emotional distress and 82% report significant impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of their life," wrote head of global safety, Antigone Davis, in a blog post. 

Here's exactly how it works: 

"If you see an intimate image on Facebook that looks like it was shared without permission, you can report it by using the “Report” link that appears when you tap on the downward arrow or “…” next to a post.

Specially trained representatives from our Community Operations team review the image and remove it if it violates our Community Standards. In most cases, we will also disable the account for sharing intimate images without permission. We offer an appeals process if someone believes an image was taken down in error.

We then use photo-matching technologies to help thwart further attempts to share the image on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram. If someone tries to share the image after it’s been reported and removed, we will alert them that it violates our policies and that we have stopped their attempt to share it.

We also partner with safety organizations to offer resources and support to the victims of this behavior."

Nice one Facey, you bunch of legends. Revenge porn can go straight to hell. 

Source: Facebook
Photo: Getty.

If you're experiencing sexual abuse of any kind, you can call 1800-RESPECT for help. If you're in distress, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.