According to a 2017 YouGov survey, 53% of American women aged 18 to 29 have already received an unwanted penis photo. On Twitter, numerous testimonies seem to show that the recurrence of this practice could even be largely underestimated.
The American Kelsey Bressler has already experienced this appalling situation. Developer by profession, she decided to design a tool to put an end to it. In September, she therefore asked for help from Twitter users by asking for as many penis photos as possible, in order to build up a large database.
Automatic deletion in less than a minute
More than 4,000 dick pics have enabled it to develop its algorithm boosted with artificial intelligence. According to figures announced by the developers of the project, it would work at 99%.
Concretely, Twitter users wishing to take advantage of this filter must register on this platform to add the Safe DM extension to their account. Once this is done, anyone who sends a penis photo to the user will have their photo deleted. According to the Figaro tests, the deletion is not instantaneous, but occurs in less than a minute. An automatic message is then sent to the two users to inform them that the photo has been deleted due to its inappropriateness.
The filter can be deactivated and reactivated, giving users the freedom to exchange sexual photos when they want.
A practice punishable by one year imprisonment
Other large social networks could soon also use this tool. " We are in discussion with another major platform ," confirmed the developer at the BBC.
After having been accused for a long time of not fighting sufficiently against sexual content of a non-consensual nature, social networks seem to be multiplying initiatives to try to contain this phenomenon. Twitter and Facebook, for example, have both developed projects and tools to combat porn revenge. , which involves sharing sexually explicit content without the consent of the data subject.
In France, sending a photo of an unsolicited penis can be assimilated to an act of exhibitionism, punishable by one year in prison and a fine of 15,000 euros according to article 232-22 of the Penal Code.