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Google to start removing revenge porn from search results

1 year 5 months 2 weeks ago June 19, 2015 Jun 19, 2015 Friday, June 19 2015 June 19, 2015 12:34 PM in News
Source: USA Today
By: Brock Sues

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - Google is starting its efforts to remove revenge porn from its search results in an effort to limit the appearance of sexually explicit images shared without their subject's consent.

Google announced they will open a web form in the "coming weeks" that will allow users to request the removal of results showing themselves in nude or sexually explicit situations that they did not agree to have published to the web.

The web form is a step toward making it easier for people to limit the spread of "revenge porn" images that are very difficult to stop through legal measures.

"Revenge porn images are intensely personal and emotionally damaging, and serve only to degrade the victims - predominantly women," wrote Google in a blog post.

Google goes on to note they are establishing a "narrow and limited policy" for the removals, which is similar to what they already have in place for removal of published bank account numbers and images of signatures.

While Google's efforts can't completely wipe the images from the web, the company's search engine is such a central part of most internet users web experience that they hope the policy can lead to a dramatic reduction in damages caused by revenge porn.

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