#Facebook just made it easier on Wednesday for users to report #Revenge Porn photos. The most popular social media portal with more than 1 billion members added a photo-matching tool that would automatically block the sharing of an image which has been banned.

'Nude photo of me'

Starting on Wednesday, there would be an option on Facebook to report a photo as inappropriate because the image is a “nude photo of me,” the social media website said in a statement. With the photo-matching software, it added, photos tagged as revenge porn could no longer be used not only on Facebook but also on Instagram and Messenger services, Business Insider reported.

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Most victims of revenge porn are women, often targeted by their former partners who post on the internet nude or sexually explicit photos to shame them or extort money. The victims include female celebrities whose private photos are hacked from their accounts and posted on social media sites.

Among the recent targets of the celebrity nude hacks is “Beauty and the Beast” actress Emma Watson whose photos were leaked. She was actually not nude but the photos were of Emma fitting clothes with a stylist. But the images were digitally manipulated and shared on 4chan, an imageboard website.

Lawsuits against Facebook

The #Social Media Site created by Mark Zuckerberg has been sued in the U.S. and other countries after revenge porn victims said Facebook should have exerted more efforts to curb the practice.

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The portal, since 2015, had banned revenge porn and provided users tools to report posts and images that breach the website’s terms of service.

In 2016, Facebook met with representatives of more than 150 safety groups for women and agreed to go beyond what it offers, Antigone Davis, the global head of safety at Facebook, said. A human review of reported images would be done by a specially trained group of Facebook employees which would keep the banned images in a database.

However, the photos would be blurred and few employees would have access to the database. The social media site warned members who would still insist on posting revenge porn photos could have their accounts disabled.