Google Bans Revenge Porn.

Jun 19, 2015

If Google bans revenge porn in its search results by next month, the malicious images will probably still exist somewhere, they’ll just be a lot harder to find. 

Currently that’s not yet the case though, so the web is still teeming with haters who’ve uploaded nude pics and other salacious material intended to harass, horrify and humiliate their victims.

But Google execs promise those days are coming to a swift end soon, and that targets of such abusive exposés -- usually females -- will then merely have to fill out an online form to get the crud taken down from search results.

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The world’s most popular search engine already makes it a policy to remove social security and bank account numbers, as well as child pornography and the like.

In fact, in special cases where a request for a takedown of data not wholly offensive on its face is accompanied by the proper legal documentation, that stuff too has vanished with just one click of Google’s delete-all magic button.

"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," said the firm’s senior vice president Amit Singhal in a written statement.

That announcement follows both Twitter and Facebook’s similar declarations earlier this spring, and likely means many more technology companies and social media sites will be following suit by the end of the year.

Eighteen states already have laws criminalizing vindictive pornography with additional penalties for those who profit from the mean-spirited crimes, and the Federal government has started its own crackdown on the practice as well.

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