Google Will Honor Requests To Block Revenge Porn

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Just a few months back the UK made it illegal for people to post or share sexually explicit images of others without their consent. Often times people take these images while in the company of someone they trust and when the relationship goes sour, people get vindictive. Revenge porn can sometimes show up on “sextortion” websites where one party can demand something from the other to keep it quiet or have it removed. While it’s certainly questionable why anyone would want to take images of themselves, especially in this day and age, it doesn’t make it right for one person to blackmail the other.

Google has taken the UK ruling a step further and is policing itself overall. The company will now begin to block and remove revenge porn images from its search results. Google will have a web form for the requests for revenge porn takedown so I’m sure the takedown won’t be a very fast procedure. Google’s Amit Singhal had this to say on behalf of the company.

“So going forward, we’ll honour 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.”

“We know this won’t solve the problem of revenge porn – we aren’t able, of course, to remove these images from the websites themselves – but we hope that honouring people’s requests to remove such imagery from our search results can help,” he said.

While Google can’t remove the images from the owners websites, it’s a good step in combating revenge porn as 70% of the world’s searches are conducted through Google. What do you think of Google’s revenge porn policy? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

  Source: The Telegraph
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