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Google Takes A Stand Against Revenge Porn With New Policy

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We first told you about the inspiring woman who made history by taking her ex to court and filing both civil and criminal charges for posting revenge porn without her consent. 

Now, a major online player is taking a stand against revenge porn, one that we hope might eliminate or significantly diminish the horrible practice altogether.

Revenge porn, which almost always targets women, is the posting of nude images or videos by jilted exes seeking to demean or blackmail former partners. The results are the same across the board - complete humiliation, and sometimes irreparable damage to the woman's reputation. 

That's why Google says it will make explicit content difficult to find. They will offer an online form for victims so that unauthorized explicit photos or videos can be taken down. The form should be available within a few weeks. 

"Revenge porn images are intensely personal and emotionally damaging, and serve only to degrade the victims — predominantly women," Amit Singhal, Google's senior vice president of search, explained about the company's decision.

As the biggest search engine in the world, Google can't technically force websites to take down damaging content but they can make it almost impossible to find. 

We're hoping other search engines follow Google's lead and end this malicious and demeaning practice!

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