Google Finally Fights Revenge Porn

Posted: Jun 19 2015, 1:06pm CDT | by , in News | Technology News

 

Google Finally Fights Revenge Porn
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The search giant announced today to take down nude or sexually explicit images shared without their consent from Google Search results.

Google is finally acknowledging that there is something called revenge porn. Now victims have a fighting chance to clean the web from humiliating and embarrassing photos. Google says that they heard many troubling stories of “revenge porn”: an ex-partner seeking to publicly humiliate a person by posting private images of them, or hackers stealing and distributing images from victims’ accounts. Google adds that some images even end up on “sextortion” sites that force people to pay to have their images removed. 

Apparently it took ages for Google to formulate that paragraph.

Google says  "Our philosophy has always been that Search should reflect the whole web. But revenge porn images are intensely personal and emotionally damaging, and serve only to degrade the victims—predominantly women. So going forward, we’ll honor requests from people to remove nude or sexually explicit images shared without their consent from Google Search results. This is a narrow and limited policy, similar to how we treat removal requests for other highly sensitive personal information, such as bank account numbers and signatures, that may surface in our search results."

Google will release in the coming weeks a web form that people can use to submit removal requests.

Google knows this won’t solve the problem of revenge porn as they are not able to remove these images from the websites themselves, but they hope that honoring people’s requests to remove such imagery from their search results can help. 

This a good move from Google. We just don't get why it takes weeks to put up that web form.

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