Japan Wants To Install Tech That Bans ‘Inappropriate’ Photos In Phone Cameras


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With the coronavirus creating a barrier for physical intimacy, it’s likely that more people are taking and sharing sexy selfies at home. Unfortunately, this freedom behind closed doors might be taken away in Japan should new restrictions be put in place.

According to local news outlet Yomiuri Shimbun Online, via SoraNews24, the Japanese government has made a request for phone carriers to adopt technology that filters “inappropriate” selfies from devices.

It’s unclear what “inappropriate” entails, but Japanese publications purport that the authorities are referring to naked photos.

The suggestion was made for Japan’s ‘5th Basic Plan on Measures for Providing Safe and Secure Internet Use for Young People’, which comprises education and awareness initiatives for online safety.

Needless to say, social media users are baring some unsanitary thoughts about the request. “This is pointless. You can just use another camera to take a photo and send it,” one user shared in a comment translated by SoraNews24. Another asked, “The heck? Who decides what counts as inappropriate? Anyway, what about the normal camera?”

It’s worth noting that such technology already exists in Japan. Last year, a company called Tone Mobile unveiled a smartphone with an AI-powered sensor that detects nude selfies and prevents users from saving or sharing them. Built primarily for youths, the Tone e20 notifies parents when “inappropriate” pictures are taken and even sends censored versions of the photos to them.

[via SoraNews24, cover image via Shutterstock] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414377/Japan-Wants-To-Install-Tech-That-Bans-Inappropriate-Photos-In-Phone-Cameras/

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