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This article was published on June 19, 2015

Google is removing revenge porn from its search results

Google is removing revenge porn from its search results
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Google is taking an official stance against revenge porn today. In a blog post on its Public Policy Blog, the company announced it was removing that type of content from its search results.

Senior vice president of search Amit Singhal explained that while Google believes search should reflect the entirety of the Web, revenge porn is “intensely personal and emotionally damaging.”

In a few weeks, it’ll also provide a form people can use to submit requests to remove the links, should its automated system miss anything.

Revenge porn serves no purpose other than harming the victims, so it’s good to see Google taking clear action. It’s surprising it took the company so long, but better late than never.

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“Revenge porn” and Search [Google Public Policy Blog]