Re­venge porn links to be cut

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

MI­CROSOFT has an­nounced it is join­ing an ef­fort to curb so­called “re­venge porn”, by help­ing vic­tims re­move links to sex­u­ally ex­plicit im­ages posted with­out their con­sent.

“When some­one shares in­ti­mate im­ages of another per­son online with­out that per­son’s con­sent, the ef­fects can be truly dev­as­tat­ing,” Mi­crosoft chief online safety of­fice Jac­que­line Beauchere said in a blog post yesterday.

“Un­for­tu­nately, re­venge porn is on the rise. It can dam- age nearly ev­ery as­pect of a vic­tim’s life: re­la­tion­ships, ca­reer, so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties. In the most se­vere and tragic cases, it has even led to sui­cide.”

Ms Beauchere said Mi­crosoft had hon­oured re­quests to take down such con­tent, but that it had es­tab­lished a new re­port­ing page that made the process eas­ier.

The page is avail­able in English “and will be ex­panded to other lan­guages”, she said. “When we re­move links or con­tent, we will do so glob­ally.”

Google, Twit­ter, Red­dit and oth­ers have im­ple­mented sim­i­lar poli­cies.

“This re­port­ing mech­a­nism is but one small step in a grow­ing and much- needed ef­fort to ad­dress the prob­lem,” Ms Beauchere said.

“It’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber, for ex­am­ple, that re­mov­ing links in search re­sults to con­tent hosted else­where online doesn’t ac­tu­ally re­move the con­tent – vic­tims still need stronger pro­tec­tions across the web and around the world.”

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