Revenge porn links to be cut
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.”