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Google to remove links to ‘revenge porn’ from search results

MENLO PARK, CALIFORNIA (BNO NEWS) -- Internet search giant Google announced on Saturday that it will soon start to remove links to web pages that contain so-called revenge porn, responding to increased calls to combat pornographic images that were shared without consent.

"We've heard many troubling stories of 'revenge porn': an ex-partner seeking to publicly humiliate a person by posting private images of them, or hackers stealing and distributing images from victims' accounts," said Amit Singhal, senior vice president of Google Search. "Some images even end up on 'sextortion' sites that force people to pay to have their images removed."

To minimize the impact of revenge porn, Google will begin to honor requests from people whose nude or sexually explicit images are being shared online."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," Singhal explained.

In the coming weeks, Google plans to put up a web form where people can request the search giant to remove links to certain web pages that contain revenge porn.

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