New Twitter filter deletes bare photos from messages

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Safe DM's filter pageImage copyright Twitter

A brand new social media filter has been launched to forestall customers from receiving unsolicited bare photos.

On Friday the plugin – known as Safe DM – which blocks and deletes photos of penises despatched through direct message grew to become out there to Twitter customers.

Developer Kelsey Bressler got here up with the thought after she acquired an undesirable nude image from a person.

Ms Bressler mentioned social media corporations may do extra to guard customers from cyberflashing.

Safe DM is within the early phases of talks so as to add the filter to a different main platform, Ms Bressler informed the BBC.

“We would like to roll this out on other social media platforms and are discussing where to go next.”

To develop the synthetic intelligence, Ms Bressler put out a request in September for the general public to ship her photos of penises.

“I am testing a filter that is under development which will automatically detect dick pics in DMs and handle them on behalf of the user,” she posted on Twitter.

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Over 4,000 photos had been despatched in.

The Safe DM workforce claims the filter works 99% of the time.

A take a look at by Buzzfeed News concluded the software program was extremely correct when it got here to blocking and deleting photos of penises. But there’s a lag time of a number of minutes.

Users who wish to use Safe DM want so as to add a plugin to their Twitter account and allow it to entry direct messages.

The software program scans customers’ messages for pictures of penises. If it detects one it sends a reply to each events letting them know the message was inappropriate and has been deleted.

Ms Bressler mentioned the AI solely appears for the undesirable pictures and doesn’t learn the textual content of a message.

‘Disrespectful and violating’

Last 12 months, Ms Bressler spoke to the BBC concerning the growth of the challenge.

She mentioned receiving an unsolicited nude picture was the “virtual equivalent of flashing someone in the street.”

“You’re not giving them a chance to consent, you are forcing the image on them, and that is never okay.”

A Pew Research Study from 2017 discovered 53% of ladies between the ages of 18 and 29 had acquired an unsolicited lewd picture.