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Google Turns Pro-Active, Decides to Block Revenge Porn from Search Results

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Search giant Google said it would block effectively the revenge porn from its results, whether it was with or without consent.

Amit Singhal, senior vice president of Google Search, wrote in a blog post that the company had received many complaints and horror stories where the revenge porn was used to humiliate people amounting to “sextortion” on some websites, where the victims are blackmailed to pay to get the photos removed.

“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,” wrote Amit Singhal.

The move comes two months after the UK passed a law terming it a criminal offence pubishable up to two years in prison.

Similar to other requests where removal of content is received, Google said it would remove such content on request by people who are victimised by ex-partners or blackmailers.

Google controls 70% of the search engine traffic worldwide, followed by Bing and others. The move against revenge pron comes close on the heels of similar direction by EU last year on the “right to be forgotten” ruling, where users who wanted to request links to old stories be removed from search results about them will be obliged.

The move should help women who are often the victims of such revenge porn after breaking with their partners or boyfriends.

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