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Meet the phone that blocks nude selfies for your own good

If you’re among the millions of people who have sent nude photos to partners past or present, then you may be familiar with that pang of regret and abject fear.

Where will they end up? Will the recipients show their mates? Will you ever be able to show your face in public again? Was it really that cold in the room? Argh!

If only you’d had the new Android smartphone from the Japanese company Tone, which has a camera algorithm that blocks its user from taking nude selfies.

That handset includes a camera app that will not allow a suspected nude to be processed and saved to the image gallery.

The idea is to prevent young people below the age of consent being exploited by pervs. And, horrifyingly for the phone’s young owner, the phone also includes a  feature that can alert parents if it suspects the minor is taking such a photo.

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The tech could also be welcomed by those adults with a propensity to get their kit off in front of the smartphone camera, perhaps when a few beverages have been imbibed.

The AI-based tool is certainly a welcome break from the technology being used for more sinister means. We’re looking at you, deepfake community. Deepfake videos can make it appear is if a person is saying or doing something they really aren’t and initially gained popularity by placing celebrities in porn clips. Imaging hosting companies have clamped down on deepfakes but the threat remains.

Elsewhere, the budget phone – which probably won’t go on sale in the UK or Europe – has a triple-lens camera array (12mp, 13mp and 2mp), a 6.26-inch screen and costs just 19,800 yen, which is about $180/£140. It has a Mediatek Helio p22 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage (plus microSD maxing out at 256GB), as well as fingerprint and face authentication.

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