Thank Microsoft for Standing Up Against Revenge Porn

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Target: Jacqueline Beauchere, Microsoft Chief Online Safety Officer

Goal: Thank tech giant Microsoft for allowing users to report “revenge porn” photos.

Microsoft has launched a website that allows people to report revenge porn–sexually explicit photos of people who did not consent to having those images shared online that are posted by jilted ex-partners for the purpose of humiliating the victims. This practice began years ago and has been spreading ever since, and Internet companies are just now starting to respond.

When people are in romantic relationships, it’s common for either partner to consent to sharing or having nude photos of themselves taken by the other party. When the relationship ends, some reprehensible individuals decide to get revenge on their ex by taking those intimate photos and posting them online, often to websites dedicated to spreading revenge porn. This is a clear violation of consent and many states in the U.S. now have laws against it. But while the slow legal process takes place, those photos can remain online for months or even years.

Microsoft is finally taking action against this problem by setting up a website for the purpose of letting people request that the photos be removed from Bing search results, OneDrive, or Xbox Live. Encouragingly, Microsoft Chief Online Safety Officer Jacqueline Beauchere has said that this is only the first step the company will take to address the problem.

The practice of revenge porn is a disgusting breach of consent, and all decent individuals need to take a stand against it. Sign our petition to thank Microsof’s staff for this step and to encourage them to keep up the fight.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Beauchere,

I understand that Microsoft, under your direction, has launched a website in which people can report and request the removal of “revenge porn” photos. Revenge porn has been a serious issue for years now, and local and federal laws have been slow to catch up. Therefore, I send you my thanks for taking this first step to counter the problem that your products are unfortunately used to perpetuation.

Revenge porn is a serious and disgusting breach of consent, but unfortunately many people brush it off by blaming the victims, saying that they shouldn’t have consented to sharing intimate photos of themselves with partners they trusted in the first place. This does nothing but make the problem worse as it lets the perpetrators of this gross act know that they won’t be blamed. It’s therefore extremely encouraging to see that you understand that this is a real issue that companies like Microsoft need to stand against.

You’ve indicated that this reporting mechanism is only the first step your company will take against revenge porn. I hope this is true, and I want you to know that I fully support you in any additional actions you take to fight against the rising tide of revenge porn photos. Please keep up the good work.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Robert Scoble

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