Published On: Sun, Jun 21st, 2015

Google Moves to Remove Revenge Porn

While Under Threat By European Regulators.

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Google has made a move to remove revenge porn from its search results. You know what that it is. Lets say your ex is really mad at you for dumping him or her and so he/she posts your naked pictures up on the web.

That’s right. When you posed for those intimate shots you never imagined that someone could be so vindictive as to ever do something like tha, t should the relationship not work out. Well guess what? You should never underestimate a person’s ability to hold a grudge and to want to get revenge.

A lot of people always ask why anyone would ever pose for such pictures in the first place anyway. Well when you are in serious relationship you do not think about it possibly failing. Also, you might not have known that the pictures were taken in the first place. Your ex could turn out to have been a creep with hidden cameras in the bedroom, like something out of an episode of Law and Order.

While many states in the U.S. may have passed laws that criminalize revenge porn and even make it a sex crime, once such pictures have been posted the damage has already been done. And besides, it is not always possible to prove who posted the pictures in the first place.

In a blog post, Google stated, “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. So going forward, we’ll honor requests from people to remove nude or sexually explicit images shared without their consent from Google Search results. This is a narrow and limited policy, similar to how we treat removal requests for other highly sensitive personal information, such as bank account numbers and signatures, that may surface in our search results.”

Meanwhile the EU continues to go after Google for what its regulator say are violations of its anti-trust laws. Apparently European officials fell that Google takes advantage of its dominance in the field of search engines — lets face it, what else is there anyway ask Jeeves — to direct users to specific results. In other words, Google puts its devices/businesses/services ahead of others in the results of searches related to such things.

According to the New York Times, the EU is moving forward with its five year old antitrust suit against Google which could see the company fined as much as %6.5 billion.

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