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Google Will Remove 'Revenge Porn' Images From Search Results

by Keith Wagstaff /

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Google will start to remove "revenge porn" images from its search results, the company announced on Friday, in an attempt to stanch the supply of naked photos shared on the Internet without the subject's consent.

"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 honoring people's requests to remove such imagery from our search results can help," Amit Singhal, senior vice president of Google Search, wrote on Google's Public Policy Blog.

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Google will put up a Web form in the "coming weeks" where people can request that nude or sexually explicit photos shared without their consent be removed from search results. Singhal stressed that this is a "narrow and limited policy," similar to how Google handles request to remove sensitive information like bank account numbers.

Recently, several states including California and Illinois have banned revenge porn, a form of online harassment where people post nude photos of women to humiliate them. Not even celebrities are safe, as high-profile hacks into the private accounts of actresses like Jennifer Lawrence resulted in their naked pictures being circulated online.

Related: Revenge Porn Kingpin Hunter Moore Pleads Guilty, Faces Jail

The link to Google's Web form will be eventually posted to the company's blog.

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