Google to remove "revenge porn" from search results

12:02 Jun 19 2015 San Francisco, CA, USA

In a significant step to combat "revenge porn," Google will honor requests to remove from search results nude or sexually explicit images posted on the Internet without consent.

Google says it will remove the search results the same way it does other sorts of highly sensitive personal information such as bank account numbers and Social Security numbers.

"Our philosophy has always been that search should reflect the whole Web," Amit Singhal, senior vice president of Google Search said in a blog post provided to USA TODAY. "But revenge porn images are intensely personal and emotionally damaging, and serve only to degrade the victim — predominantly women."

Victims will be able to submit requests through an online form in coming weeks, Google said.
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